Wings Over the World

Season 1 Episode 10

In Defense of Neutrality

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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. The history of Swedish aviation is colored by a commitment to neutrality. Their aircraft industry developed in the face of potential German aggression and then later the Soviet threat. Here is the story of a fully combat-ready air force with no military runways, only highways, which can be converted into efficient landing, and take-off strips in a matter of minutes. Today their firm foothold in the aviation world marketplace has earned them a reputation the envy of many. Sweden, still committed to neutrality, has become a world leader in both military and short haul passenger aircraft.moreless

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