NATURE takes flight on an exhilarating ride with elite winged predators in Raptor Force.
Humans have had a unique relationship with raptors, nature’s aerial killing machines, for more than four thousand years, first through the ancient sport of falconry, and, more recently, as scientists and engineers have turned to these mighty birds — from golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, and turkey vultures, to great gray owls and the peregrine falcon — as the inspiration for the latest in aircraft design. Using the tricks and tactics of raptors as their model, engineers have devised fighter jets with unprecedented maneuverability and stealth.
In Raptor Force, you’ll learn the secrets of these astonishing aerialists, and how they’ve mastered, more than any other type of bird, the art of soaring. And with the help of engineer and falconer Rob MacIntyre’s ingenious miniature television station — a camera, transmitter, and battery small enough to be harnessed onto the backs of raptors — you’ll see for yourself what it’s like to fly with these deadly aces.
Online content for Raptor Force was originally posted February 2007.
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Production Credits Print
Co-Producer and Cinematographer
JOE & CORDI ATKINSON
CM CREATIVE, INC.
Electronic Art Director
BBC MOTION **
MINISTRY OF DEFENSE UNITED KINGDOM**
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVISION**
NEIL RETTIG PRODUCTIONS**
NORMAN KENT/KEN FRANKLIN**
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
WESLEY DELLA VOLLA
Director of Research
ERIN M. REUSS
For NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVISION AND FILM
Head of the Natural History Unit
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
(BRUNO PELLEGRINI for SD version)
Main Title and Series Graphics
Original Nature Theme
Executive In Charge
Produced by John Rubin Productions, Inc. and Neil Rettig Productions, Inc.
A production of Thirteen/WNET New York and National Geographic Television Inc.
This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.
© 2007 National Geographic Television, Inc. and Educational Broadcasting Corporation.
DANIEL B. GREENBERG
Photos for "Overview," "Thermal vs. Dynamic Soaring," and "For Educators" © Jupiter Images. Other images from Raptor Force.
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