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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.
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.
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.
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.
Cleopatra's life started off as a struggle. From the time she was born she had to fight for her life --and fight for the throne-- if she wanted to survive to sit on it. She was raised in the palace of one of the most famous and ruthless royal families and had to use whatever was at her disposal so that she could keep her power. Cleopatra would use her body, her charm, and her brains to seduce the worlds greatest leaders, form powerful alliances, and firmly plant herself in history. She had to wade through family betrayal, seduction, and political schemes in order to rise to the top.
The lost tapes of kidnappings, murders, riots, and attacks have been unearthed to be shown for the first time in decades. The Patty Hearst's kidnapping, the Pearl Harbor attacks, the riots in Los Angeles, and the Son of Sam murders that rocked and terrified New York City are all presented as they unfolded on radios and televisions across America. Each of these 20th-century events is presented in real-time as they were covered by journalists and local news broadcasts.
Billion-dollar cruise ships, secret submarines, high-tech ocean dredgers, floating state-of-the-art hospitals -- all are part of the cutting-edge vessels featured in this series, which reveals everything from the mechanics of modern sea-going to the human drama seafarers face.
Soar above the majesty of Africa with "Aerial Africa" to experience and see parts of the country that can be seen by air. The series highlights the natural beauty of the African landscapes including --the wildlife rich savannahs and straight into the deep history and earliest civilizations. Viewers also explore famous personalities of those who left a very permanent imprint on the country including a Xhosa boy who grew up to be Nelson Mandela, and Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone. Fly above Western Cape, the Wild South Coast, Namibia, Botswana, and Zambia.
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.
Restored, colorized and declassified footage offers a new look at World War II.
Everyone knows that the film "Titanic" is based on a true story, but what about the "Indiana Jones" movies? Those, too, are fact-based (inspired by real-life explorers). This series provides insight into the true stories and inspirations behind famous people, places and events in these movies and others.
Stories of some of the greatest and deadliest submarine patrols of World War II.
Buckingham Palace is a symbol of Britain and one of the most iconic buildings in the world. For over 300 years, Buckingham Palace has been a closed and secretive place --it is littered with scandals, infighting, and tragedies -- all seeking to bring down the British monarchy. Take a look behind the walls where Queen Victoria once abandoned it to George VI's defiance against Hitler and all the way to Queen Elizabeth II's 60+ year reign.
An account of the high-risk operations to find Hitler and turn the tide of the WWII.
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.
Unfold the truth with Brad Cartner as he steps behind the scenes of some of the most amazing UFO stories around. The team investigates why there are so many sightings in and around nuclear facilities, the differences with shapes of UFOs, a mysterious air raid in Los Angeles, Roswell and the fabled crash site. Also delve deeper into if UFOs are a threat to our aviation and how pilots react when they encounter UFOs in the air.
A behind-the-scenes look at the voyages of a variety of cruise-ship voyages.
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.
At a high-fashion vintage store, stars find challenges and rewards.