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Balloon Race Around the World
Delve into the history and science of ballooning, and follow some of the attempts in the '90s to be the first to circumnavigate the globe.
Battle of the X-Planes
Two aviation giants, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, compete to build the next-generation fighter jet.
Crash of Flight 111
One of the most exhaustive investigations in aviation history reveals telling clues to the cause of a disaster off Nova Scotia.
Daring Flight, A
In 1909, Louis Blériot undertakes a heroic first-ever flight across the English Channel.
Deadliest Plane Crash, The
NOVA investigates the worst aviation accident of all time.
Engineers learn from past disasters to make fires and car, plane, and ship accidents increasingly survivable.
Faster than Sound
Top test pilots describe the dangers, mysteries, and thrill of being the first to fly at supersonic speed.
Four-Winged Dinosaur, The
Surprising fossils from northeastern China spur a debate over how birds evolved.
Last Flight of Bomber 31
Forensic scientists set out to discover what happened to seven American airmen whose plane crashed in Kamchatka during World War II.
Missing in MiG Alley
What happened to American pilots shot down over Korea half a century ago?
Nazi Prison Escape
From 1940 to 1945, Allied prisoners of war engineered spectacular escapes from Colditz Castle, the Nazis' most impregnable prison.
Spies That Fly
A new generation of pilotless planes fly, spy, and bomb in places too risky for human pilots.
Engineers, pilots, and others who knew Concorde tell its remarkable story.
The race to build the world's first supersonic passenger airliner leads to a massive Cold War espionage effort.
Top Gun Over Moscow
Flights in Russia's powerful fighter jets are for sale to foreign travelers. So is the Russian Air Force still in the game?
The mysterious 1947 disappearance of an airplane high in the Andes en route from Argentina to Chile is finally resolved.
Who Killed the Red Baron?
Forensic experts investigate the most famous aviation mystery of World War I.
Wings of Madness
The flamboyant rise and tragic death of pioneering aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont.
Wright Brothers' Flying Machine
Relive the engineering challenges that two obscure bicycle makers overcame to become first in flight.