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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