Program 1: Flights of Courage
The roaring 20s was a time when Americans craved excitement. It was also when the United States Postal Service embarked on a bold experiment that would change mail delivery forever. Answering the challenge was a group of young daredevils anxious to write the story of the newly created U.S. Air Mail Service in their own way. From 1918 to 1927 these daring pilots, some of them veterans of World War I aerial combat, overcame enormous odds. With no radios, no maps and using only primitive instruments, they risked their lives to carry the mail with unprecedented speed across the vast American continent. They were heroic, larger-than-life figures, famous for their death-defying feats and romantic adventures. From out of their ranks came a lanky twenty-five-year-old named Charles A. Lindbergh. In towns across America, wherever they refueled, the Air Mail Service pilots became hometown heroes. When they crashed or were lost, they were mourned like family. This, then, is their story. Shot in Super 16, Flights of Courage features stunning aerials of vintage biplanes over the breadth of America from the Eastern forests to the Rocky Mountains, as well as amazing archival footage and a glorious original score. This program is closed-captioned.
Program 2: The Red Baron
Baron Manfred von Richthofen downed eighty Allied planes during the First World War, a record unequaled in the annals of military aviation. Rare film footage of his daring exploits and personal interviews with the last surviving pilots who flew with him and against him make this an especially compelling video portrait. Includes spectacular World War I dogfight footage and the first aerial photography of bombings.
Program 3: The Lindbergh Story
Charles Lindbergh's first solo trans-Atlantic flight in 1927 made history. Two-and-a-half years later the world was stunned by the kidnap and murder of his infant son. In 1936, Lindbergh foresaw Hitler's threat and warned America to arm itself. He flew fifty combat missions over the Pacific, wrote five books, and won a Pulitzer in 1954.
The Wright Brothers' First Flight
Wilbur and Orville Wright launch the dawn of aviation in the first flight in a motor driven airplane.
In 1937, the most famous woman pilot in the world mysteriously disappears as she attempts to fly around the world.
Jimmy Doolittle's Air Raid on Tokyo
Jimmy Doolittle is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for leading the first surprise air raid on Tokyo in 1942.