First Flights With Neil Armstrong
FIRST FLIGHTS is a unique series covering the history of innovations in international aviation history. The programs capture the interconnecting discoveries and rapid pace of progress that led to more and better aircraft.
S01:E01 - By the Seat of Their Pants
Early planes are temperamental.
S01:E02 - Every Day a Better Design
Designers attempt to build safe, predictable aircraft.
S01:E03 - Flying Aces, War in the Air
The first fighter plane is developed.
S01:E04 - Flying Entrepreneurs
War pilots become barnstormers and businessmen.
S01:E05 - Flying the Mail
Airmail demonstrates the commercial value of flight.
S01:E06 - Backyard Fliers: An Airplane in Every Garage
In the 1920s, interest grows in amateur flying.
S01:E07 - First in Speed: Air Racing
Air racing impels technological advances.
S01:E08 - Bigger Is Better
Airline companies need larger, more comfortable airplanes.
S01:E09 - Fighters Between the Wars
Fighter aircraft designs evolve as war approaches.
S01:E10 - Testing Under Fire
World War II Allies must test in combat.
S01:E11 - New Generation of Flyers
World War II designers compete to improve fighters.
S01:E12 - Air Battles at Sea
Pacific warplanes have special requirements.
S01:E13 - Flash of Glory: Aerial Combat Enters the Jet Age
The Germans introduce jet aircraft in World War II.