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History's most thrilling aerial battles can now be experienced as never before — from inside the cockpit. Legendary aircrafts like the F8 Crusader, the F6F Hellcat, the P40 Tomahawk, and more are brought back to life as Dogfights takes viewers straight into the heart of the aerial action. The original pilots themselves narrate these legendary battles, illuminating the capabilities and histories of these magnificent aircrafts, the enemies they faced, and the realities of life as a fighter pilot. Filled with astounding state-of-the-art CGI technology, these episodes revitalize some of the most thrilling and captivating life-or-death battles ever fought. Witness some of the most celebrated dogfights in modern history as the pilots strap back in and recall their memories of these historic engagements, from Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, North Korea to the Solomon Islands, and Vietnam to the Middle East.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoAir Ambush||Legendary fighter pilot, Colonel Robin Olds, sets an intricate trap for the North Vietnamese MiG-21's. His Squadron, the Wolfpack, disguise their lethal F-4 Phantoms as vulnerable bombers. The MiGs scream in to challenge the Americans. The result is the most elaborate air sting of the war... code-name... Operation Bolo. First-hand accounts, rare archival footage and original shooting will supplement the remarkable computer graphics. Tank, helicopter, ship and submarine battles will also be included.||44:50||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoMIG Alley||Viewers will feel like they're in the battle, facing the enemy, while watching this new series that recreates famous battles using state of the art computer graphics. US Air Force fighter pilots risk their lives flying sleek F-86 Sabres above "MIG Alley", the most dangerous piece of sky in the Korean War. The high-speed twists and turns of history's first jet dogfights pit American aces Robbie Risner and Ralph Parr in the battles of their lives against nimble Russian-built MiG-15 fighters. First-hand accounts, rare archival footage and original shooting will supplement the remarkable computer graphics. Tank, helicopter, ship and submarine battles will also be included.||44:50||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoFlying Tigers||Two weeks after Pearl Harbor... A courageous, rag-tag band of American mercenaries dare to challenge the over-whelming might of the Japanese Air Force. The legendary "Flying Tigers" slash through the skies of China, and help vanquish the unstoppable Japanese. Follow leading Tiger aces Tex Hill and John Alison as their P-40 Tomahawks fight to the death against the agile Japanese 1-97 Nate.||44:50||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoGuadalcanal||August 1942... the Solomon Islands. Heroic, die-hard American pilots of the tiny Cactus Air Force match skills and instincts against top Japanese aces as they battle in the skies above Guadalcanal. Legendary Marine Capt. John Smith and Medal of Honor recipients Jeff De Blanc and Jim Swett pit their tough 4F4 Wildcats against the relentless Japanese Zeros. At stake -- the fate of the Pacific War.||44:50||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Last Gunfighter||The U.S. Navy's top fighter, the F8 Crusader flown by skilled fighter jocks Paul Speer and Phil Wood, tackles the fierce North Vietnamese MiG over the killing skies of Vietnam. Re-live one of the longest, gut- wrenching dogfights on record as Lt. Commander Richard Schaffert - out of missiles and with his guns jammed -- takes on a lethal MiG -17 and the best enemy pilot he's ever faced. He's got one chance -- the amazing capabilities of the F8 Crusader, "the last gunfighter.||44:52||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Zero Killer||1943... the skies over the Pacific. The infamous Japanese Zero is decimating American aircraft. No allied plane can match Japan's deadliest fighter plane manned by skilled Imperial Navy veterans. The American Navy rushes to deploy a new fighter to take on the unstoppable Zero...the F6F Hellcat. The Zero has met its match. Now, you're in the cockpit with legendary dogfighters Robert Duncan, Hamilton McWhorter and Alex Vraciu... their epic dogfights blazing a new chapter in the annals of aerial warfare.||44:51||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoDeath of the Japanese Navy||1944 -- the Pacific. It's one of the most amazing, lopsided naval battles in history: A mighty Japanese fleet led by the Yamato, the biggest battleship in the world -versus Taffy 3, a small U.S. task unit of tin can destroyers and baby flat-tops... ships too weak to fight and too slow to run. David battles Goliath in a fight for survival -- with the lives of thousands of American soldiers in the balance.||45:00||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoHell Over Hanoi||The skies over Vietnam. They fight in a supersonic world, where split second decisions determine if they live -- or die. American F4 Phantom pilots Fred Olmsted and Dan Cherry take on the famed MiG-21 -- the most feared threat in the sky. And one American, Steve Ritchie, becomes a dog fighting legend as an Air Force Ace. You're in the cockpit with some of the fiercest dogfighting ever seen in Vietnam!||44:51||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoHunt for the Bismarck||May, 1941 -- the most powerful warship on earth breaks out into the North Atlantic. The lethal German battleship Bismarck wields enough firepower to single-handedly crush vital British convoys! The British unleash every weapon in their arsenal to hunt down this Nazi terror... and pound her into oblivion. Now, re-live the fury of the battleship's big guns... fly with Swordfish torpedo-bomber pilots desperately trying to stop her... and join the greatest sea chase in history... Re-live The Hunt for the Bismarck... on this special edition of... Dogfights!||44:51||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoDogfights of the Middle East||The sound of jet combat reverberates above the tombs of the Pharaohs as the small Israeli Air Force delivers a knock out punch to the Egyptians in the 1967 Six Day War. Fly in the Mirage III with the IAF's first jet ace Giora Romm as he chases down two MIG-17s over the Suez Canal at dusk. Be in the cockpit with 119 Squadron Commander and ace Ran Ronen as he flies into hostile Jordan for a top secret rendezvous -- arranged by the Israeli Mossad, and later as he speeds deep into enemy territory for a bombing mission that ends up as a swirling dogfight directly over the Egyptian base. Witness the first combat engagement of the McDonnell Douglas F-15, and how Major Moshe Melnik draws first blood for the Eagle in the skies over Lebanon in 1979. Learn how the Israeli Air Force of today hones its capabilities with cutting edge technology that makes it the most feared opposition in the sky.||44:50||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoLong Odds||Bomber's vs. Fighters face off in three of the most intense dogfights in history! Courageous bomber pilots from World War II and Vietnam challenge deadly foes...against incredible odds! Using state of the art computer animation, you're in the cockpit with legendary WW2 Navy ace Swede" Vejtasa's SBD dive bomber as he fights off 8 lethal Japanese Zeroes... WW2 medal of honor winner Jay Zeamer and his crew pit their slow B-17 bomber against 17 Japanese fighters in a 45 minute battle for survival... and soar with Air Force Lt. Col. Leo Thorsness as his F-105 Thunderchief takes on a flight of skilled MiG-17's in the skies over Vietnam!||44:52||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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New way of looking at dogfighting
This show is enjoyable to both those "in the know" and the casual viewer. Anyone whose every been interested in flight and aerial warfare only to be stymied by understanding the terms (Split S, Thatch Weave, and Scissors anyone?) and 2D book illustrations of 3D concepts will get a chance to understand it all better by seeing the manuevers while they are described. This show uses computer generated animations to show all the action in a way that's half documentary, half video game - but don't let that put you off, this concept works! Combining after action reports, award citation texts and interviews by many of the pilots who fought in these battles leaves you with a new understanding of dogfights, and probably more than a little awe of the men who flew in those skies. Oh yeah, it's also entertaining too!
Flying Tigers definitely corrupt
I'll be one more to report a problem with the Flying Tigers episode. Don't download this episode unless there is some definite news that it has been fixed. A fun program and I would like to download some of the later episodes, but I'm gunshy. Can anyone report that later episodes are not a problem?
This is one of my favorite shows on the History channel. These are extremely well done CG re-enactments of famous aerial battles. I have seen all the episodes and I like them all.