A series re-creating famous air battles through computer graphics.
Premiered: September 16, 2005
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Devised in desperation developed in the shadows unleashed on an unsuspecting enemy. These were the top secret weapons of world war II designed to turn the tide of war. On November 20, 1944, in the early morning hours off the coast of the island of Ulithi the USS Mississinewa sits at anchor. The massive tanker is filled with oila vital supply ship for the American fleet as it continues its attacks on the Japanese empire. At 5:45am, a massive explosion rips apart the Mississinewa. But this is no accident. This is the work of the Kaiten a terrifying new Kamikaze weapon. The Kaiten is a manned, suicide submarine. With rudimentary cockpit controls mounted over an extra large long-lance torpedo. The Kaiten is designed to be driven directly into an American ship before detonating. The Kaiten that hit the Mississenewa was manned by Sub-Lieautenant Seiko Nashina. Fire and oil spill out over the ocean, huge plumes of smoke billowing over the stricken ship. American sailor Herb Daitch barely manages to escape the ship, swimming to safety underneath the burning water. The Kaiten has succeeded here but the program as a whole is a dismal failure.
Operation Bodenplatte was a daring plan to destroy American forward air bases all over Holland, Belgium, and the Netherlands during World War ll.
May 10, 1972 was the biggest day of air combat in the Vietnam War. In addition to great "turn and burn" battles, the dogfights involve some remarkable electronic warfare as F4 Phantoms, F-105s, and numerous other aircraft as they descend on North Vietnam employing advanced radar jamming equipment, smart bombs, and other high-tech gear. Watch as famous battles are recreated using state-of-the-art computer graphics. First-hand accounts, rare archival footage and original shooting supplement the remarkable computer graphics.
The Israeli air force mastered the use of the Mirage III over decades of intense air combat with its neighbors.
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- Premiered: September 16, 2005
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