Modern Marvels

Extreme Aircraft

Season 11, Ep 29, Aired 8/25/04
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  • Join us for a supersonic look at some of the most cutting-edge aircraft ever developed--from the X-1 that first broke the sound barrier to the X-43 Scramjet that recently flew at Mach 7. These extreme aircraft have made their mark on aeronautical history, and sometimes on political history as well. The U-2 and SR-71 spy planes played a crucial role in the Cold War, and now Lockheed Martin's top-secret "Skunkworks" division is touting the new "air dominance" fighter plane-- the F/A-22 Raptor.moreless

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    • Narrator: Extreme power, extreme speed. From the X-1 that broke the sound barrier to the Scramjet aiming for Mach 10, planes on the cutting edge. From the past to the present and the future, now: Extreme Aircraft, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Michael C. Sirak Staff Reporter, Jane's Defense Weekly Anthony Castrogiovanni, Ph.D. President, ATK GASL Harvey G. Schellenger Boeing Chief Engineer, X-43 Projects Joey Sitz X-43A Flight Project Manager Michael A. Dornheim Sr. Engineering Editor, Aviation Week Richard Hallion, Ph.D. Aviation Historian Robert L. Cardenas Brig. General, USAF (Ret.) Raymond L. Puffer, Ph.D. Historian, Edwards Air Force Base Michael Gorn Chief Historian, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Robert J. "Bob" Gilliland Lockheed Chief Test Pilot SR-71 Don Wilkes B-2 Chief Engineer, Northrop Grumman Scott J. Seymour President, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems Maj. Evan Dertien F/A-22 Test Pilot Maj. Charles K. Havasy F/A-22 Chief Engineer Executive Producer: Don Cambou Writer: Fred Peabody Producer: Fred Peabody Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Associate Producer: Gloria L. Morris Editor: Lou Laprocido Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Alan Ett Music Group Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Anthony Lacques Production Controller: Dani Eslin Accountant: Sheridan Liu Accountant: Judy Gordon Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay Researcher: Mikki Del Monico Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Camera: Michael Ford Camera: Peter Krajewski Camera: Lon Magdich Camera: Mark Morris Field Audio: Eric Kruize Field Audio: Charles "Hesky" Rohr Online Editor: John Price Sound Mixer: Paul Ray Animation: Glenn Takakjian Historical Consultant: Drig. General Robert Cardenas Historical Consultant: Richard Hallion, Ph.D. Special Thanks: ATK GASL Edwards Air Force Base Melissa Golding John P. Haire Richard Hallion James F. Hart Dianne M. Knipple NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Doug Nelson Veteran's Memorial Center San Diego Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2004

    Trivia (4)

    • The F-15 Eagle can climb at more than 40,000 feet per minute. That's sea level to the top of Mount Everest in 45 seconds.

    • In Operation Enduring Freedom, the B-2 flew a 44-hour mission, with mid-air refueling, from Missouri to Afghanistan to an airbase at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.

    • In 1974, an SR-71 Blackbird flew from New York to London in a record 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56 seconds.

    • In 1967, one of the X-15s set a speed record for manned flight in a winged aircraft, exceeded only by the space shuttle.

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