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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.
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.
Smithsonian Channel delves into the supernatural beliefs of ancient Britons in "Mystic Britain." In this documentary series, talk show host Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota travel across the United Kingdom exploring sacred belief, strange rituals and occult practices. They are joined by scientists, archaeologists and historians who look at the latest discoveries unearthing weird and wondrous truths about ancient sites, events and cultures. Anderson and Ochota's journeys include a visit to an ancient church, where the walls are scored with demonic symbols, Hadrian's Wall, a massive structure believed to have magical powers, the site of the Rollright Stones, where it is said that fairies dance on summer evenings, and a pit full of human bones showing signs of mutilation in a Yorkshire village.
Tracy Borman looks at Henry VIII through the eyes of the men - from advisors to painters and physicians - who stoked his ruthlessness and fears and exploited his vulnerability.
A behind-the-scenes look at the voyages of a variety of cruise-ship voyages.
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.
Golden Globe-nominated actor Jason Priestley is the narrator of this series that explores the stories behind some of the world's most enigmatic mummies. With the series spanning four continents and more than 5,000 years, each episode focuses on one mummy, investigating the preserved remains and using CGI to bring the cadaver -- and its story of a past civilization -- to life. The featured mummies include one on display at a shop in downtown Seattle and another that was discovered frozen on a glacier in the Italian Alps.
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.
Various ecosystems and habitats in Africa.
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.
Europe's abandoned castles, once homes to royalty, are now being overtaken by wildlife and natural environments.
In the first half of the 20th century, the British Empire was the controlling power in over a quarter of the earth's land. Revisit stories of the Royal Family as they faced modern times and socio-political progress, an enigmatic Prime Minister that rallied the country during its most desperate times of war, and the colonies that won and lost. Film footage re-edited with modern technology delivers visual history in full color.
Restored, colorized and declassified footage offers a new look at World War II.
The success of exploring the United States from the sky in "Aerial America" has inspired a version that takes viewers on a similar journey of Britain. Filmed from helicopters and drones outfitted with high-definition cameras, the series highlights four regions -- Northern and Southern England, Wales, and Scotland -- and features views of iconic landmarks, both natural and man-made, plus monuments off the beaten path. Included are explorations of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike; the secret hideaways where Led Zeppelin and Queen made music history; and a tiny island that once held an illustrious prisoner, Mary Queen of Scots.
Dr. Fitzharris investigates the fascinating and often strange lives of the deceased.
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.