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  • WARPLANES

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From the bi-planes of World War I to the hi-tech attack planes of today, this is a comprehensive history of the warplane.

The Warplane has evolved over nearly a century to become what it is today. This is the story of how - through life-and-death necessity, invention, ingenuity and sheer hard work that technology evolved. WARPLANE is not a history of every plane but rather a look at the major stepping stones that changed military aviation.

Aerial combat was once a little more than duelling in the sky, a countermeasure to the main task of superior investigation. The evolution of fighter tactics was inevitable. The accompanying technology was fast, furious, and definitive, an evolution that paralleled the plane's potential as an "eye in the sky". Over the course of history the war plane has taken on multiple roles, just as vital over the deserts of the Middle East in 2003 as it was over the trenches of France in 1914.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Warplanes: Airplane To Air Force
    Fighter technology was fast, furious, and definitive, an evolution that paralleled the plane's potential as an 'eye in the sky'.
  • Warplanes: Jet Age
  • Warplanes: The Age Of Stealth
  • Warplanes: Air Force To Air Power
    From bomb delivery to fighter technology and aerodynamics, military commanders today can wield the mighty weapon of air power with devastating effect.
  • Warplanes: Bombs Away
  • Warplanes: Air Plane To Air Power
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