History

Angle of Attack

The 100-year history of Naval aviation — from wobbly gliders and the shipboard landing in 1911 to modern supersonic jets and unmanned aerial vehicles. The two-hour documentary deftly interweaves archival footage, interviews with historical and military experts, contemporary footage of cutting-edge aircraft and insights from today's "Top Gun" fighter pilots in the Marine Corps and Navy.

Part One

55m 45s

In a rigorous course of instruction, young men and women learn to lift off and land a supersonic aircraft on the deck of an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean, still considered one of the most difficult and hazardous tasks. The episode concludes with World War II and the U.S. victory in the Pacific, when carrier aviation reigned supreme.

Episodes

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    Part Two

    S1 E102 - 55m 48s

    Korea, and later Vietnam, offer a reminder of the utility of naval aviation. As the Cold War deepens, Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba brings the nation to the brink of nuclear war. Another important function of naval aviation – reconnaissance – rallies world opinion and helps diffuse the crisis. The episode concludes by exploring the technological evolutions that continue to transform the field.

  • Part One: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Part One

    S1 E101 - 55m 45s

    In a rigorous course of instruction, young men and women learn to lift off and land a supersonic aircraft on the deck of an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean, still considered one of the most difficult and hazardous tasks. The episode concludes with World War II and the U.S. victory in the Pacific, when carrier aviation reigned supreme.

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