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Planes That Changed the World   

Information
Series 1: 3x60 | HD | 2014
Production Company
Arrow Media
Primary Broadcaster
Smithsonian US

These are the fascinating stories of three of the most important commercial aircraft ever to take to the skies: The Douglas DC3 was the first truly successful passenger aircraft, a plane that shrank America and established flying as the way to travel. The SR71 Blackbird re-invented the cutting edge of aviation technology with speeds of March 3 system. The Airbus A380 is the biggest commercial plane of all time, using revolutionary new technologies to take more people further than every before.

These three episodes are stories of engineering ingenuity and visionary leadership. We follow every twist and turn of their origins, design and life in service.
 

Episode 1 - SR71 Blackbird

On January 25th 1966, US Air Force test pilot Bill Weaver was flying a top-secret prototype spy-plane, the Blackbird SR71. Eighty thousand feet up, at the very edge of space, and travelling supersonic at two thousand miles an hour, one of the Blackbird???s engines stalled. Thrown instantly into an unrecoverable climb, his plane took less than 2 seconds to disintegrate around him. As Weaver regained consciousness, he though he was either dreaming or dead.