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They are some of the most advanced military aircraft in the world. The V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor. The AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. The F-15 Eagle jet fighter. See the histories and capabilities of these and other aircraft, along with the contributions they have made in numerous conflicts.

Air Warriors is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (31 episodes). The series first aired on November 9, 2014.

Where do I stream Air Warriors online? Air Warriors is available for streaming on Smithsonian CHANNEL, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Air Warriors on demand at Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, The Roku Channel, Google Play, Apple TV online.

Sundays on Smithsonian CHANNEL
8 Seasons, 31 Episodes
November 9, 2014
Documentary & Biography History
Cast: Brady Cummins, Tristan Wickersham
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Air Warriors Full Episode Guide

  • The Hawker Hurricane, regarded by some as the overlooked underdog of British fighter planes. Fast and versatile, the dogfighter doubled as a bomber and ground support aircraft in every theatre of the Second World War.

  • The B-29 Superfortress changed the face of war. It dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, but was also the first plane with a pressurised cabin and the first that could fly more than 3,000 miles.

  • At the dawn of the jet age, the F-86 Sabre was the U.S. Air Force's ultimate lethal weapon, flying with electrifying speed and thrilling agility. In the 1950s, this fighter jet engaged in epic aerial battles with the fierce Soviet MiG over the skies of Asia, often outnumbered but never outmatched, thanks to the fearless pilots at the command. We look at the history of these gritty Air Warriors, from the baptism by fire during the Korean War to Operation Black Magic in Taiwan, which cemented the Sabre's place in aviation history.

  • The F-18 has been the backbone of U.S. Navy carrier operations since it was first introduced in the 1980s. It's built to pack a one-two punch as both a fighter and an attack aircraft, capable of dominating both the skies and the battlefield. We examine its origins, beginning in 1973, when the Navy looked to update its aging fighters, including the F-4 Phantom. We then follow the F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet on their most thrilling and perilous missions, from the baptism by fire in Desert Storm to recent bombing campaigns against ISIS.

  • The Japanese's A6M Zero was the most feared airplane at the beginning of World War II, designed to cause death and destruction on an incredible scale. With the legendary Zero leading the charge, the Imperial Japanese Navy dominated the Pacific, from Pearl Harbor to Wake Island to the Philippines. To have a shot of winning the war, the U.S. Navy needed to somehow beat this fast, nimble, and lightweight killer. Their solution: exploit the Zero's flaws by pitting its agility against the muscle of the F4U Corsair.

  • The Supermarine Spitfire is spotlighted.

  • It was one of the most unique and deadly warplanes of World War II, with devastating agility and unmatched speeds of over 400 mph. But before the P-38 Lightning seized control of the air from the Japanese and the Germans, some of its pilots were forced to learn on the job. Follow its dogfighting journey, from Alaska to Africa and from Berlin to Tokyo, as the Lightning earned its name, blazing into battle and delivering a killer strike into the hearts of its enemies.