Frontiers of Flight takes a sweeping look at the majesty of flight as expressed through the classic planes at the National Air and Space Museum. Investigating planes from around the world, from the time of early balloons to the space shuttle, the series highlights aviation "firsts". Meet the first person to cross the Atlantic. Learn about the first man to reach mach speed and dispel the myth of the sound barrier forever. And explore the invention of the first liquid fuel rocket.
Air Transport for All
In the 1920's, the public were suspicious about the aeroplane as a means of mass transportation. This episode traces the developments in passenger air travel that set new standards for comfort and safety.
Golden Age Frontiers
Some of the more glamorous and adventurous moments in early aviation are examined here. Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes and Wiley Post celebrate the new technology of aviation.
WWII sparks an unofficial 'rocket race' between Germany and the U.S. Germany won the race when it created the A4 and V2 rockets, with devastating psychological and physical effects on all players.
The Germans compete with England to design the best jet fighter. During the war, Frank Whittle develops a jet fighter, but its potential is not fully realised until the war is over.