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"Wings" was an hour-long televised aviation history documentary series which aired on the Discovery Channel family of networks. It was produced by Phil Osborn. "Wings of the Luftwaffe" was a separately-branded series that focused on Luftwaffe aircraft of World War II.


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S01E01 Me 109 - Legend 00/00/0000 The Messerschmitt Bf 109, often called Me 109, was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid 1930s. It was one of the first true modern fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, a retractable landing gear, and was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine.
S01E02 Me 262 - Swallow 00/00/0000 The Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe ("Swallow") was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems prevented the aircraft from attaining operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. Compared with Allied fighters of its day, including the jet-powered Gloster Meteor, it was much faster and better armed.
S01E03 Ju 52 - Iron Annie 00/00/0000 The Junkers Ju 52 (nicknamed Tante Ju ("Auntie Ju") and Iron Annie) was a German transport aircraft manufactured from 1932 to 1945. It saw both civilian and military service during the 1930s and 1940s. In a civilian role, it flew with over 12 air carriers including Swissair and Deutsche Luft Hansa as an airliner and freight hauler. In a military role, it flew with the Luftwaffe as a troop and cargo transport and briefly as a medium bomber. The Ju 52 continued in postwar service with military and civilian air fleets well into the 1980s.
S01E04 Me 163 - Komet 00/00/0000 The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet designed by Alexander Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft ever to have been operational. Its design was revolutionary, and the Me 163 was capable of performance unrivaled at the time. Messerschmitt test pilot Rudy Opitz in 1944 reached 1,123 km/h (698 mph). Over 300 aircraft were built, however the Komet proved ineffective as a fighter, having been responsible for the destruction of only about nine Allied aircraft
S01E05 Ar 234 - Blitz 00/00/0000 The Arado Ar 234 was the world's first operational jet-powered bomber, built by the German Arado company in the closing stages of World War II. Produced in very limited numbers, it was used almost entirely in the reconnaissance role, but in its few uses as a bomber it proved to be nearly impossible to intercept. It was the last Luftwaffe aircraft to fly over England during the war, in April 1945.
S01E06 Me 321 - Gigant 00/00/0000 The Messerschmitt Me 321 Gigant was a large German cargo glider developed and used during World War II. It was developed into the six-engined Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant.
S01E07 Me 110 - Destroyer 00/00/0000 The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often (erroneously) called Me 110, was a twin-engine heavy fighter (Zerstörer - German for "Destroyer") in the service of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Hermann Göring was a proponent of the Bf 110, and nicknamed it his Eisenseiten ("Ironsides"). Development work on an improved type to replace the Bf 110, the Messerschmitt Me 210 began before the war started, but its teething troubles resulted in the Bf 110 soldiering on until the end of the war in various roles, alongside its replacements, the Me 210 and the Me 410.
S01E08 Ju 87 - Stuka 00/00/0000 The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, "dive bomber") was a two-man (pilot and rear gunner) German ground-attack aircraft. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, the Stuka first flew in 1935 and made its combat debut in 1936 as part of the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.
S01E09 Ju 88 - Fast Bomber 00/00/0000 The Junkers Ju 88 was a World War II German Luftwaffe twin-engine, multi-role aircraft. Designed by Hugo Junkers' company through the services of two American aviation engineers in the mid-1930s, it suffered from a number of technical problems during the later stages of its development and early operational roles, but became one of the most versatile combat aircraft of the war. Affectionately known as "The Maid of all Work" (a feminine version of "jack of all trades")[citation needed], the Ju 88 proved to be suited to almost any role. Like a number of other Luftwaffe bombers, it was used successfully as a bomber, dive bomber, night fighter, torpedo bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, heavy fighter, and even as a flying bomb during the closing stages of conflict.
S01E10 He 111 - Secret Bomber 00/00/0000 Developed at the request of the Lufthansa as postal plane this device soon led to a high-speed light bomber, while in the Spanish Civil War was fast enough to escape from the Republicans planes, in the Battle of Britain fell under the guns of the Hurricane and Spitfire, especially the lack of an effective escort.
S01E11 V-1 - V for Vengeance 00/00/0000 The V-1 flying bomb, (German: Vergeltungswaffe 1, Fieseler Fi 103) also known as the Buzz Bomb or Doodlebug, was an early pulse-jet-powered predecessor of the cruise missile.
S01E12 Fw 190 - Butcher Bird 00/00/0000 The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (Shrike) was a German Second World War single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s. Powered by a radial engine, the 190 had ample power and was able to lift larger loads than its well-known counterpart, the Messerschmitt Bf 109. The 190 was used by the Luftwaffe in a wide variety of roles, including day fighter, fighter-bomber, ground-attack aircraft and, to a lesser degree, night fighter.
S01E13 Sea Wings 00/00/0000 In 1936 the Kriegsmarine requested a hydrofoil design intended to replace the He 60. Its main role was to short-range reconnaissance, coastal patrol, rescue fallen airmen at sea and close support for ground forces. Surpassed by planes like Curtiss Seagull and Fairey Fox, the He 60 was not eligible to be in frontline. In 1936 Heinkel is invited to develop a prototype intended to replace the He 60, resulting in the HE 114, which had features highly deficient. After multiple tests it was decided to request Arado and Focke the presentation of other prototypes
S01E14 Fighter Attack 00/00/0000