Season 18, Episode 16 Fastest Planes in the Sky

First Aired: November 12, 1991

From 1991: A history of the speed of planes, from Kitty Hawk to the Concorde. Included: WWI-era contraptions; air racing of the 1920s and '30s; swept-wing aircraft; the 1947 breaking of the sound barrier by Chuck Yeager. Narrator: Bill Mason.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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