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Hosted by decorated Vietnam veteran and acclaimed author Nelson DeMille, this series provides in-depth behind-the-scenes insights into the strategies, decisions, battles and men in air combat.


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S01E01 B-24's Liberator: View From the Cockpit 00/00/0000 Over 19,000 of these durable four-engine heavy bombers were commissioned for the war effort - more than any other American aircraft, miltary or civilian. Now you can follow this rugged weapon into actual combat during the Second World War with this rare glimpse of the world's most utilized heavy bomber in action.
S01E02 Fight for the Sky: Air War Over Germany 00/00/0000 Get a bird's eye view of WWII in the air over Germany and see America's finest fighters in action. From P-47 Thunderbolts to P-51 Mustangs, watch the action far above the clouds and witness the execution of air-to-air combat from the initial Top Command planning to the annihilation of the enemy.
S01E03 Pilots at War 00/00/0000 Watch as a B-17 Flying Fortress and its crew fights its way over Nazi occupied Europe, battling the enemy's ME-109s and FW-190s. Witness all the fear and excitement of air combat as fighters spit out machine gun fire and brave deadly ground fire at the same time in the name of vitory for their country.
S01E04 Air Power & Armies: Strategic Warfare 00/00/0000 This riveting documentary tells the exciting story of air power in action. From top-secret strategy meetings between German generals before the battle at El Alamein to their shock at the surprise Allied victory in the desert, find out how Allied General Bernard Montgomery and his air troops gained this decisive victory.
S01E05 America Unprepared: WWII Begins 00/00/0000 As the Second world War rages, watch how America builds up its air power even before getting dragged into the conflict. As early as 1939, President Roosevelt stepped up the production of military aircraft, leading to decisive victories by American forces on both the Western and Pacific fronts after they entered the war in 1941.
S01E06 The Tide Turns: Allies Strike Back 00/00/0000 Follow B-17 Fortresses as they begin their high altitude bombing missions of Nazi-occupied Europe. Over in the Pacific, see P-38 Lightning fighters shoot down Japanese aircraft as the Allies and their air combaters turn the tides of war in their favor.
S01E07 The Berlin Airlift & The Atomic Bomb 00/00/0000 On June 24, 1948, the Soviets attempted to blockade the city of Berlin. This episode tells the story of how American General Lucius Clay attempted to feed starving Berliners by air, a feat that had never before been attempted.
S01E08 War of Korea: On to the Yalu 00/00/0000 This episode dramatically details the outbreak of the world's first jet war. On June 24, 1950, Communist North Korea invaded her sister to the south, forcing a war. Within days, America had F-80s knocking out Communist supply lines. By the fall, C-47s and C-199s pulled off one of the best-managed air drops in history - all on enemy territory.
S01E09 Attack Carrier: Naval Aviation 00/00/0000 This episode tackles the exciting story of naval aviations's most powerful weapon system, the Attack Carrier. As one of the weapons that helped win WWII for the Allies, the Attack Carrier was also instrumental in the development of the nuclear age, witht eh P2V test piloting the Navy's new and imporved long-range reconnaissance capabilities.
S01E10 Birth of America: Air Power & WWII 00/00/0000 With fantastic historic footage, take a trip through the birth and development of modern air power. When America entered World War I, its air power was ranked 14th in the world. By the end of the war, nearly 1,500 planes were ready to attack., completely overtaking Germany, long thought to be the superior in the realm of air power.
S01E11 Lull Before the Storm: Between the Wars 00/00/0000 Grab a front row seat to some of the world's most momentous events including the Japensese attack on Manchuria and the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party. As the world was undergoing significant changes so was the miltary air power. From the B-9 in the 1930s to the firrst four-engine bomber, the B-17, air might was in a constant battle against itself in the early part of the 21st century.
S01E12 Strategic Air Power Comes of Age 00/00/0000 Imagine being an Air Force serviceman during WWII. Eager to serve your country, you signed up for battle. You then have just 12 short weeks to master the ins and outs of aircraft warfare - and you're barely old enough to drive a car! More than 2,000,000 of these same men underwent this exact scenario during the war and produced an Allied air force that was truly a force to be reckoned with.
S01E13 Maximum Effort: Prelude to Invasion 00/00/0000 This episode explores the role of Allied air power in conquering Europe during WWII. For much of WWII, the German Luftwaffe was virtually indestructible, churning out planes at a rate of one every quarter-hour. By 1944, the Allies turned the tide. The "Big Week" kicked off on February 20, 1944. Reaching Berlin within the month, the onslaught was but a prelude to bigger things to come.
S01E14 Bombs Away: D-Day and Japan 00/00/0000 In this episode, witness the importance of air power in the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 and, more specifically, the role played by the 101st Airborne Division. On June 5, General Dwight Eisenhower delivered a rousing speech intended to boost the morale of the division and help make them pivotal in the success of the Normandy invasion.
S01E15 Victory in the Skies: Japan and Germany Defeated 00/00/0000 Just one week after D-Day, France was home to more than 500,000 Allied soldiers. Victory in the Skies deals with the Alli's incredible advance across Europe in the days following the invasion at Normandy. Air power was the driving force in the Allied push towards victory, crushing the German Luftwaffe and pulverizing Japan as Hiroshima just a year later.
S01E16 Meeting the Soviet Challenge 00/00/0000 The post WWII years were a technological boom period. Watch the history of rockets and missiles as the world's first guided missile is created during WWI. Witness the first operational jet bomber, the B-47 as it takes over from its predecessor, the WWII stalwart B-29. From the formation of NATO to the tensions of the Cold War, missiles and aerospace power were never before in finer form.
S01E17 Vietnam and the Limits of Strategic Bombing 00/00/0000 Take a closer look at the scope of the U.S air power during the Vietnam war. From the bomb showers inflicted by the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, to the crash landings performed by C-123 Providers intended to supply provisions and air lift soldiers and civilians, see how air power changed the war.
S01E18 Air Power at Sea: U.S. Naval Battle Group 00/00/0000 Strap in and get set for the real Top Gun! This episode takes you aboard the U.S. Navy Battle Group and its Top Gun-fighter, the F-14 Tomcat. See the day-to-day operations of a nuclear carrier at sea, and witness an at-sea air defense that is second to none.
S01E19 Technology Triumphant: Naval Aviation Today 00/00/0000 The U.S. Carrier Task Force becomes an integral floating base that is instantly responsive and capable of high-speed transit to anywhere in the world. The carrier is the self-contained strike force. Follow its evolution through interviews with real Navy pilots and travel in time from the early fleets of WWII to the technological mastery of today's modern aircraft carriers.
S01E20 From Bi-Planes to Helicopters 00/00/0000 From the air balloons of the Civil War to the Apache Army Choppers of Desert Storm, this episode traces the evolution of military air power over the last century and a half. Watch the creation of the U.S. Air Force as a branch of the Army in 1909 and follow along as it comes into its own, being an independent entity in 1947.
S01E21 Desert Storm 00/00/0000 Certain Victory is a testament to the United States Armed Forces unprecedented triumphant victory in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Certain Victory is the most convincing evidence of the American style of war, by style, characterized by the ability to project overwhelming force anywhere in the world.
S01E22 Where Great Combat Leaders are Made 00/00/0000 Between the wars US Army Aviation Cadets were trained at Kelly and Randoph Fields in Texas. This historic program shows you the making of great air combat leaders and takes us to the point where the pilots get their Silver Wings and Gold Bars of the Second Lieutenant of what was then the US Army Air Corp.
S01E23 Choppers: Versatility in Action 00/00/0000 Proving that Choppers are versatility in action the Sikorsky BlackHawk UH-60 improves on the great role of the Huey in Vietnam. You will see them in action with the 101rst Airborne Divisions Air Cavalry in a most realistic battle training exercise in the desert. Enjoy Eagle Watch III.
S01E24 Air Combat in the 21st Century 00/00/0000 Although not officially named, the flight test crew of the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) have aptly called the deadly fighter, The Raptor. See the sleek gray champion of Air Combat of the 21st Century. The F22 Raptor, tomorrow's fighter today.