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Showdown Air Combat is a war documentary series that first aired in 2008. The show looks at some of the most famous dog fights throughout history. This includes some of the earliest dog fights in world war one, fights in world war two, and later dog fights that involved jets during the Vietnam war. The series uses animation in order to recreate the dog fights, and to explain how the planes maneuvered around each other. Showdown Air Combat also goes into the airplanes that were used during these conflicts, the way the pilots handled them, and what kinds of weapons they carried.

Military Channel
1 Season, 7 Episodes
Military & War
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Showdown Air Combat Full Episode Guide

  • The F4U Corsair was one of the best combat aircraft of World War II and Ace "Pappy" Boyington scored most of his victories flying it but on January 3, 1944 Poppy got in a fight with a group of Zeros.

  • During World War II Thunderbolt pilot Don Gentile fought with a a Focke-Wulf 190 at low altitude.

  • The F4F Wildcat was able to go against the amazing Zero due to the tactics of US naval aviator John Thach.

  • The Japanese Zero had the most important features in a combat fighter, speed and maneuverability.

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