A&E’s series about the real top gun pilots whose radars and guided missiles are crucial in their F-series fighter planes, shown in actual combat.
Directed byL. Douglas Keeney
S01:E01 - Intercepting Enemy Fighters
For real top gun pilots, precise situational awareness and split-second decisions turn into tactical advantages. Once radar confirms a Hostile, it's full afterburner with guided AIM missiles armed and ready to lock on. The battle will be done in just seconds. Witness real air combat experiences with pilots of the F0-15C, F-14, F-126, and F-18 as they press for the decisive edge. As seen on A&E.
S01:E02 - Blue Water Ops
Flying off a moving base, day or night, in all weather, is the most demanding job in naval-based aviation. Using real-time mission profiles and live cockpit audio, you will experience the intense pressure of the carrier flight deck, and see first-hand why the pilots of the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, and A-7 Intruder are the best of the best. An action-packed episode not to miss. As seen on A&E.
S01:E03 - Deep Interdiction
Their mission: penetrate enemy defenses, go far behind the lines, then strike high-value targets with lethal force. Interdiction missions go back to the earliest days of air combat. Witness 117s, F-11s and the F-15E Strike Eagle fly night-time missions through heavy anti-aircraft to destroy enemy targets. Rare footage, actual combat missions, insights from brave pilots. As seen on A&E.
S01:E04 - Ground Pounders
Ground pounder pilots fly inside the threat ring to deliver close air-to-ground support of battlefield ops. This is where the AAA and SAM's fire point-blank, and there's no place to hide. Fly fast or fly armor; pilots have to be able to take a hit. Experience the rush that pilots of the F-16, Falcon, A-10 Warthog, and AV-8 Harrier feel under the hottest combat conditions ever. As seen on A&E.
S01:E05 - Canopies Up!
America's finest pilots reveal first-person accounts of the many challenges they face every day. You'll experience the world of military aviators as if you were there yourself, from assignment night into combat action. From jumbo cargo jets to the F-17 Stealth frontline pilots speak about their toughest hurdles. Each pilot's experience is different. Original combat camera footage. As seen on A&E.