Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 29

Extreme Aircraft

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 25, 2004 on The History Channel
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Extreme Aircraft
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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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • 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


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