City in the Sky

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At any one time, there are a million people airborne somewhere in the world. That equates to an entire airborne city - a ‘city in the sky’. So what does it take to run a ‘city’ at 30,000 feet? In this series, we set off around the world to uncover the invisible global networks and complex logistics that make it all possible.

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Episodes 3

Video thumbnail: City in the Sky Ep. 3 | Arrival

City in the Sky

Ep. 3 | Arrival

Getting on the ground safely takes an army of hidden experts and incredible technology.

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Ep. 3 | Arrival

53:01

Video thumbnail: City in the Sky Ep. 2 | Airborne

City in the Sky

Ep. 2 | Airborne

We take it for granted, but on any journey a hidden army of people keep your plane safe.

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Ep. 2 | Airborne

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Video thumbnail: City in the Sky Ep. 1 | Departure

City in the Sky

Ep. 1 | Departure

What does it take to get 100,000 flights a day ready for take-off and up into the sky?

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Ep. 1 | Departure

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Clips 6

Video thumbnail: City in the Sky Final Approach to the World’s Most Dangerous Landing Spot

City in the Sky

Final Approach to the World’s Most Dangerous Landing Spot

The final approach to Paro: This is what it's like landing high in the Himalayas.

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Final Approach to the World’s Most Dangerous Landing Spot

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Video thumbnail: City in the Sky The Critical Runway Inspection That Happens in 45 Seconds

City in the Sky

The Critical Runway Inspection That Happens in 45 Seconds

Inspectors get 45 seconds to ID and pick up fallen debris, across a whole runway.

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The Critical Runway Inspection That Happens in 45 Seconds

2:43

Video thumbnail: City in the Sky How Pilots Find Their Way in the Sky

City in the Sky

How Pilots Find Their Way in the Sky

How do pilots find their way at night? We go to the cockpit to find out.

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How Pilots Find Their Way in the Sky

2:16

Video thumbnail: City in the Sky The ‘Jet Men’ and the Principles of Flight Explained

City in the Sky

The ‘Jet Men’ and the Principles of Flight Explained

Understanding the principles of flight via jet-powered humans.

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The ‘Jet Men’ and the Principles of Flight Explained

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Previews 3

Video thumbnail: City in the Sky Next on Episode 3

City in the Sky

Next on Episode 3

Getting on the ground safely takes an army of hidden experts and incredible technology.

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Next on Episode 3

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Video thumbnail: City in the Sky Next on Episode 2

City in the Sky

Next on Episode 2

We take it for granted, but on any journey a hidden army of people keep your plane safe.

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Next on Episode 2

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Video thumbnail: City in the Sky Official Trailer

City in the Sky

Official Trailer

Explore a midair metropolis of a million people on flights that crisscross the world.

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Official Trailer

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