Planes that Changed the World

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  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 8.5  (26)

The inside stories of the planes that changed the world and the risks and challenges of getting them off the ground.

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A380 Superjumbo
3. A380 Superjumbo
December 8, 2015
It began with a mission to take on Boeing' queen of the skies, the mighty 747. The plan: to build the world' first superjumbo, a double-decker jetliner. Building it would be no small undertaking, and failure could mean the end of the Airbus. This is the story of the A380, from its planning to its building to its first big test. It was a high-stakes gamble, with engineering and logistical challenges on a scale never seen before. Engineers wondered if a plane this size could ever get off the ground, and they risked everything to find out.
DC-3
2. DC-3
December 8, 2015
Wing flaps. A circular fuselage. Swept back wings. A little bit of the historic DC-3 exists in every plane that flies today. This masterpiece of engineering went against all received aviation wisdom when it was created in the 1930s, but the gamble paid off magnificently, and created a revolution. The DC-3 helped boost an economy still reeling from the Depression, played the lead role in the D-Day invasion, and through its versatility, rugged reliability, and economy, changed air travel forever.
SR-71 Blackbird
1. SR-71 Blackbird
December 8, 2015
The SR-71 Blackbird can travel at three times the speed of sound and at heights of 80,000 feet, at the very edge of space. But its greatest legacy is helping maintain peace when the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Even today, this marvel of engineering remains one of the fastest, highest-flying manned planes in the world. This is its remarkable history, through interviews with the men and women who built it and dared to fly it.
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The inside stories of the planes that changed the world and the risks and challenges of getting them off the ground.Planes that Changed the World is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on December 8, 2015.

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Planes that Changed the World is available for streaming on the Smithsonian website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Planes that Changed the World on demand at Paramount+, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    December 8, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (26)