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Some people like to hop in a car to take a road trip across America, visiting as many landmarks as possible along the way. Since such a trek can take a while to complete, taking a flight across America might be a better option for some people. "Aerial America" takes viewers on such a flight, offering rare looks at some of the nation's best-loved landmarks from high in the sky. Cameras capture the history and pageantry of America as they zoom over busy cityscapes and quiet, rural lands. Many episodes focus on a specific state, showcasing highlights of the state's beauty, while others revolve around themes such as the best small towns and natural wonders found in the country.
Statistically, traveling by airplane is safer than driving and other forms of transportation, but when something goes wrong during a flight, it can be catastrophic with potentially hundreds of lives at stake. This series examines some of the world's worst air disasters, using official reports, transcripts and interviews with people involved to tell the stories of midair mishaps and discover what went wrong in each case. Episodes include a discussion of how the weather affects flights -- including stories of aviation disasters and near-misses -- and a New Year's Eve flight that fell from the sky into the Florida Everglades.
"Air Warrriors" puts the spotlight on some of the airplanes that have been used by American forces in combat battles through the years. The program profiles the dedicated pilots and other team members who fly and maintain the aircraft. Rarely seen combat footage and pilots' stories help bring to life the journeys that have been taken by the flying machines, which include a plane-chopper hybrid that saves lives and an attack helicopter that is called the Black Death by America's enemies.
Award-winning historian Bettany Hughes takes viewers on an adventure, from the defeat of the Carthaginian Empire, Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon River, and Constantine's conversion to Christianity. Her travels take her across Italy's ancient sites and into the psyches of the emperors, gladiators, and generals of the Roman Empire. Join her as she explores the rise and fall of one of history's most incredile reigns -- and it all took eight days.
Some of the world's famous relics have secrets behind them that contribute to their complete stories. "Secrets" explores the mysteries relating to some of these historic landmarks to reveal the truths behind them. The latest research and forensic techniques are used to find out the stories behind the fabled cities, monuments and remnants featured on the show. Episodes include Egyptian historians on a mission to decode the mysteries of the Great Sphinx, archeologists unearthing secrets of Richard III, and an investigation into whether the bust of Nefertiti is real or a hoax.
Shipwrecks of massive scale have rocked the world and baffled investigators, as the truth of what happened is often lost to the depths of the ocean. This series examines some of the most mysterious sea disasters within the past 50 years. These include an icy fight for survival on an Antarctic cruise, the mysterious sinking of cargo carrier MV Derbyshire in 1980, and the largest cold water rescue in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard. Investigators look into the true story of the Mary Celeste, what was left behind in shipwrecks, and what might cause a crew to abandon ship.
The team behind the triple-Emmy Award-winning series "David Attenborough's First Life" return with another wildlife spectacular hosted by the nature veteran. The focus of the series is the Great Barrier Reef, which Attenborough became enthralled with after filming there back in 1957. Revisiting the area once again with the latest camera technology allows the filming crew to capture even the smallest life-forms. Through the use of satellite scanning, the expanse of the world's largest living organism is viewed in all its glory.
The Pacific War was unlike any other conflict. Witness the scale and scope of it and the savagery used by the varying parties. Attacks such as Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki that were the major pieces of the war to all the smaller conflicts in between. Viewers see color combat footage from those who experienced it firsthand-- marines, airmen, and sailors. Footage also reveals the brutal reality of life on the frontline during this major conflict.
In the early years of TV, from its invention in the 1920s until the mid-'60s, most shows were broadcast in black and white before color TV gained in popularity and become economically viable for broadcasters. That means many historic pieces of video -- including rare home movies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Nixon-Kennedy debate -- have all been relegated to being viewed in the colorless format. "America in Color" looks to change that by restoring and colorizing archival footage from the early 20th century through the '60s. Producers meticulously researched the original colors to make sure the tones are correct when they use revolutionary methods to add the proper hues to footage that looks different than when people have seen it previously. Each episode of the hourlong series highlights newly restored footage from a specific decade in the history of the medium. Actor Liev Schreiber narrates the five-part series.
China is a land full of extreme contrasts with its great blending of skyscrapers and ancient civilizations. The steep river valleys and harsh desert landscapes provide an epic cross-country journey that spans nearly 5,000 years of history. Soar over the valleys and other natural wonders like Mount Everest and man-made wonders like the Great Wall of China. With incredible aerial views and stories from those on the ground, take a step into exploring the landscapes of China.
Elizabeth McGovern plays Lady Cora on historical drama series "Downton Abbey." In this docuseries, she explores lives of young American heiresses who inspired the popular program, specifically those between the 1870s and the start of World War I. During that period, more than 200 daughters of U.S. millionaire families married into British aristocracy, providing cash to crumbling English manors but gaining peerage titles for the ladies. McGovern also tours Highclere Castle, the setting of fictional Downton.
Restored, colorized and declassified footage offers a new look at World War II.
Embark on an exciting excursion around the globe to explore breathtaking landscapes. Experience the different modes of luxury that passengers can take on these great locomotives. Teddy Wilson, host and narrator describes Japan's trains as, "Japan Rail has devised an ingenious system of sensors and centralized operations -- a system so successful that during the devastating earthquake in 2011 every bullet train in the Shinkansen system was stopped in its tracks before the earthquake struck, keeping passengers on the bullet trains safe." From luxury to vintage to high-speed and even revolutionary these great trains navigate Canada's terrain, Japan's earthquake zones and every place in between. Jump behind the scenes with the engineers and crews as they travel to distant locales.
Flight and aircraft throughout time; how aviation has influenced history.
Stories of some of the greatest and deadliest submarine patrols of World War II.
Every year millions of people visit Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Institution, which includes the National Air and Space Museum and the National Portrait Gallery among the sections of the multifaceted complex, but they don't see everything there is to see. In this series, actor Tom Cavanaugh takes viewers behind the scenes of the tourist attractions and into the private rooms, high-tech vaults and cutting-edge research labs that aren't part of the museums' regular tours. Cavanaugh reveals artifacts and rarely seen treasures that visitors miss. The show discusses each object's origin, how it is being preserved and studied, and what each thing might tell us.
They are bright lights, festivals, and for everyone from all walks of life. Step onto the concrete jungles of America's most prominent and impressive cities. These playgrounds tower over hills and lakes and "Aerial Cities" takes viewers on an adventure to epic locations such as Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, and Los Angeles. Celebrate these amazing journeys and the most treasured locations in America and the people who keep them running from day to day.
The automotive industry has always been very competitive but here is a chance to peek beneath the hoods of the most elite cars in the business. Viewers get a glimpse into what makes cars such as Rolls Royce, Porsche, Jaguar, and others tick and to learn about the engineering challenges that go along with luxury cars. From the boardrooms to the showrooms and everything in between "Supercar Superbuild" reveals the years of sacrifice of its designers and craftspeople go through to bring these vehicles to life.
Windsor Castle, originally founded by William the Conqueror, is the longest-occupied castle in the world. It has been home to England's royal family for nearly a thousand years and has seen numerous births, deaths and marriages. As 2017 marks the centenary of the Windsor dynasty, this documentary series exposes the hidden secrets and treasures that lie behind the castle's walls by using dramatic reconstructions, intimate interviews and a stunning archived film. The episodes uncover the scandals, victories, betrayals and drama that have been hidden inside Windsor Castle for centuries.
Follow the teams of engineers as they execute the world's most amazing moves. Each dangerous and daring relocation comes amidst tough conditions and extremely tight deadlines. These heavy haulers overcome incredible challenges to get their massive cargoes across land, sea, and air. These cargoes include some very fragile, massive, and expensive cargoes on the planet and lots of care is taken to see them to their final destinations.
Discovery's popular "Mighty" franchise ("Mighty Ships") continues with "Mighty Planes," which takes to the skies and explores the most impressive aircraft in the world. Each episode highlights one incredible plane, from the world's only flying eye hospital to the largest passenger jet ever built, as it takes on a high-stakes mission from beginning to end. "Mighty Planes" brings viewers unprecedented access to the planet's most impressive aircraft with in-depth looks at the science of aviation and the lives of the people responsible for making it all happen.