Wings Over the World

Season 1 Episode 7

Fokker: A Dream Fulfilled

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Filmed in Russia, the United States, Japan, China, Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Great Britain and Sweden, Wings Over the World pulls together a series of mammoth proportions. Containing much previously unseen footage from around the world, each hour long documentary tells the story of 20th century flight as seen through the eyes of those who were boys at the time of the Wright brothers memorable first flight - boys who grew into the men who built world aviation. Dutch aviator Anthony Fokker's first company was established in Germany where his designs were destined for the front lines of World War I. Later, at incredible personal risk, he smuggled aircraft components to Holland where he established the Fokker Aircraft Company. Across the Atlantic he also established the largest aircraft company in the world at that time. The story does not end with his death in 1939. With the outbreak of war, Fokker aircraft fought in defense of Holland, Norway, Denmark and Finland, and ironically, also with both the RAF and the Luftwaffe. The company's expansion continued and encompassed a wide range of successful passenger aircraft but, as the next century approaches, its future hangs in the balance. Like so many of the smaller aviation companies, Fokker struggles against the economic difficulties of the 90's. Will the dream survive the 20th century?moreless

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