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Old 10 November 2006, 09:36 AM   #1
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Warplanes on PBS

Just caught a couple episodes of "Warplanes" on PBS Wednesday night, the first of which was a brief history of the airplane's development through the Great War. Who else saw this show? It was exciting for me to sit down with my wife and let her watch some of the actual history behind Flyboys. The historical details never went into great depth or detail, but it was a nice Reader's Digest version.

BTW, the "Secrets of the Dead" show that followed was also extremely interesting. I only get about 12 useful channels on my TV, so I'm glad PBS is still showing this kind of stuff.
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Old 10 November 2006, 11:02 AM   #2
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I caught most of it, I thought it was quite well done. Appropriately stressed the observation role (including arty spotting, and especially cameras such as their use at Neuve Chappelle) and that the scouts and fighters came later in response.
It wasn't all Richtofen this and Red Baron that, which was nice.

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Old 11 November 2006, 02:25 AM   #3
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I saw it.I have to say I was a little disapointed.The "Secrets Of The Dead" about the dogfight between Saburo Sakai and the American pilot was better.
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Old 11 November 2006, 10:00 AM   #4
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I enjoyed the Airplane to Air Force segment that chronicled the evolution of the airplane from curiosity to an essential weapon. Although the historical development was treated at a very general level, there were very few errors in what was presented. If nothing else, PBS deserves considerable credit for giving the WW1 segment almost equal time with the mainly WW2 program titled Air Force to Airpower!
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I want to dispute the "thick wing" discoverers in the PBS' script. They said the thick airfoils & idea of incorporating the bracing structures (and other functions) into a thick wing was the work of Ludwig Prandtl at Gottingen. I disagree. Hugo Junkers had 1910 patents on that technology and in 1914 decided to design & build the first all-metal aircraft using the wing support structures inside a thick wing. PBS gave no credit to Junkers, even though his post-war aircraft opened up the commercial airline industry with efficient, thick wing technologies.
Also, what was the point of the 1/4 scale Fokker Eindecker in the wind tunnel? What was the point of that story? Most all the thin airfoils they used had abrupt stalling characteristics. They failed to mention the important point that the Eindecker had inefficient wing warping, while the new Nieuport 11s had powerful control surfaces.....WHICH MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN MANEUVERING (Four Years of Thunder, emphasized that point). Gee, another fact that went right over their heads.
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The second segment had broader appeal (WW II, after all) but I credit the producers with Good Intentions in trying to show where GW aeroplanes came from.

"Secrets of the Dead" Guadalcanal episode is an OUTSTANDING production.

The next segment involves Ginger's WW II favorites--the dam busters.
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