In 1909, Louis Bleriot managed to fly across the English Channel, an event which wakened military commanders to aviations potential. Just five years later, at the outbreak of war, aircraft were to play an increasingly important role in reconnaissance and range-finding for the artillery. In the latter stages of the conflict, their roles included ground attack and long-range bombing. The technologies used by both sides were largely similar and any slight improvement could give a significant advantage. In the Germans case, it was the arrival of the Fokker monoplane that terrorised the Allied airmen. However, the reorganisation of Britains fledgling aircraft industry coupled with new, faster and better armed designs meant that the advantage passed back to the Allies. This was also the era of the œAce? - men who became household names, their daring deeds faithfully reported by an eager public grown weary of the failure of the Army and Navy to force a decisive victory.
Learn the details behind the one hundred most significant breakthroughs in the history of mankind! Take a journey through history and examine the discoveries, breakthroughs and eureka moments that have transformed all of our lives for the better. Host Bill Nye travels the world, meeting eminent scientists in various fields, to explore and explain the principles behind the most significant developments in the history of mankind. Each of the 100 Greatest Discoveries, in eight different fields of knowledge, is examined both in terms of the principles and personalities involved. Over 500 years of scientific advances are distilled and presented in this accessible, entertaining series to give you a good understanding of HOW many of science s toughest riddles were solved, WHO it was that solved them, and WHY these solutions are so significant.
Using authentic newsreel footage from the era, discover the reality of life during WWII for those who remained in Britain. It was a difficult time, when every citizen had to share the nations burden, from children, hundreds of thousands of whom were evacuated from cities, to older men and women who had already served their country in previous wars, yet were called upon to form the country's last line of defence, the home guard.
In this programme we feature heavy metal in action as the unrebuilt Pacific 34567 "Tangmere" heads a heavily loaded maniline rail tour on the Torbay Express service to Kingswear. Everything is against her; there's rain in the air, she's running late and for some reason the engine is not steaming particularly well. However, her crew remain quietly confident that their 7P machine is the equalof any Class B engine. Today is their chance to prove it.
This wonderful film is a dawn-to-dusk account of one of the most charismatic branch lines in Britain, where every one of the eight engines in steam is pure Great Western. The South Devon Railway is celebrating its 40th anniversary in style. The old Ashburton single-track branch line, which follows the River Dart from Totnes up to the edge of Dartmoor, has never been busier… with everything from double-headed freight workings to those distinctive GWR autotrains. In this nostalgic programme we join the crews of two very different engines, the heavy 38xx freight locomotive 3803, and Prairie tank engine 5542 on push-and-pull duty, to relive once again the quaint splendour of the GWR branch lines.