“Air Races & Air Forces”
In episode one, we go behind the scenes of what has been described as the ‘World’s Fastest Motor Sport’ at the Reno Air Races.
We travel down-under with the Royal New Zealand Air Force and go mountain flying in the treacherous Southern Alps. We meet the driving force behind MD Helicopters and profile their revolutionary technology, then get on board the largest Airliner in the world.
And finally we meet a retired US Air Force Colonel who flew fighters on D-Day and went onto fly Presidents on Air Force One.
“Innovation and Action”
In episode two, we go down-under on a white-knuckle ride with the Royal New Zealand Air Force aerobatic team, then climb on board the deadliest bomber in the US Air Force and meet it’s 28 year old pilot.
We then go racing and party with the legendary Warlock Race Team at Reno, then check out the new addition to the Cessna family and later meet a U.S. World War Two bomber pilot who reveals the Allies secret weapon.
“Explosions & Elegance”
In episode three, we join the action on board a Navy warship during a joint-force exercise and ride along on a Navy helicopter during a live firing of a Maverick Missile. We then check out an Italian Sports-car for the sky being built by two brothers realizing their father’s dream.
After the break we meet a Jelly Bean eating stunt pilot who lands on-top of moving trucks, and meet the last surviving ‘Dam Buster’ Lancaster bomber pilot from World War Two. Later we get a special guided tour around the legendary Planes of Fame in Chino USA.
“Outback & Inverted”
In this episode, we start by meeting the ‘Air Bandits’ – a motley trio of extreme aerobatic pilots led by Lithuanian legend Jurgis Kairys. We then profile the iconic F-16 fighter and hear first hand about close encounters with heat seeking missiles in combat.
In part two, we head down-under and into the Australian Outback to take an exclusive inside look at the Temora Aviation Museum and meet it’s multi-millionaire owner who takes a hands-on approach when it comes to collecting and flying his own collection of rare warbird aircraft.
We then go on a military exercise at high speed and low level as we put a C-130 Hercules crew through their paces in the treacherous Southern Alps during Exercise SkyTrain.
“Flying Aces & Exotic Places”
In episode five, we meet Red Bull Air Race pilot and US aerobatic legend Mike Goulian and get an inside look into what it takes to be the world’s best. We travel to Waikiki to go flying with Hawaii’s first family of helicopters with over 120 years history in the islands.
After the break we meet a World War 2 fighter pilot who flew Spitfires with the legendary 485 Squadron of the Royal Air Force and hear first hand about the fierce battles and near misses that nearly took his life.
Finally we profile the iconic Tiger Moth bi-plane from the 1930’s and get a private flight from a secluded grass airstrip with a master pilot.
“Past, Present & Future Flight”
In episode six we meet the Crocodile Dundee of aerobatics, thirteen times Australian aerobatic champion Chris Sperou, famous for his high speed inverted ribbon cut only feet from the ground. We then follow an Air Force precision helicopter display team preparing for a major international airshow.
In part two we take a special look at the World’s best WW1 aviation museum where the Red Baron flies again and then go on board the newest addition to the Australian Air Forces tactical transport fleet and hear the extreme result of what happens when you reverse all four jet engines while in flight!
Finally we get an exclusive look at the future of 21st Century air power and how it’s pilot can literally see through this new fighter aircraft.
“Something Old, Someone New”
In episode seven we profile a classic two seat Boeing as flown by a former US President during his Air Force training and take an inside guided tour of the legendary F-111 famous for it’s impressive fuel dump and burn.
After the break we head south of Sydney Australia to meet a dedicated group of volunteers who are bringing iconic Intercontinental and Cold War era aircraft back to life, and later take part in a national flying camp for teenagers led by an Air Force Chaplain who loves old cars, old planes and old flying helmets.
“Historic Planes & Modern Pilots”
In episode eight we travel back to the skies above Europe during World War One when gentlemen pilots went into battle flying wood and fabric aircraft, then meet an airline pilot who in his spare time flies a terrifying fighter from World War Two nicknamed ‘Whistling Death’.
In part two we meet 38 year old legendary aerobatic pilot, Gulf War jet-fighter veteran and Red Bull Air Racer Matt Hall who will be presenting our upcoming aerobatic segment ‘In the Loop’. We then travel to Pearl Harbour Hawaii to visit the Pacific Aviation Museum and target of the Japanese attack – complete with bullet holes and bomb craters.
Later we get a special invitation to go flying in close formation with the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes display team.
“Classic & Contemporary”
We start this episode by checking out a tandem skydive business owned by an amazing and inspirational pilot who has literally risen from the ashes after surviving an explosive plane crash and six months in a coma. We then start the first of our five ‘In the Loop’ aerobatic segments hosted by Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall, who will put you in the pilot’s seat for some extreme aerobatics.
In part two we meet Boeing’s test pilot who is putting the new Super Hornet through it’s paces and join the international crew of a P-3 Orion during an anti-submarine warfare patrol.
We then check out the Classic Flyers Museum where the attraction is not only the great collection of aircraft but also the local personalities which include world record holders and combat pilots.
“Bells & Boeings”
In this episode we start by profiling a beautiful and very rare helicopter that was once flown by Elvis and then meet two Italian pilots and their new military cargo plane that can do aerobatics.
After the break we head into the Australian outback to check out a chromed classic from the golden age of flight and then catch up with Red Bull Air Racer and ex-fighter pilot Matt Hall as he takes you on another wild ride with ‘In the Loop’.
Finally we take a privileged look behind the scenes of the world’s most iconic airliner and into the areas which are normally off-limits when we take you beneath the Boeing 747.
“Assorted Aircraft Action”
In this episode we start our journey in Hawaii where we meet an aviation legend who is the most experienced seaplane pilot in the world with almost 40,000 hours and almost as many stories. We then hang out in the US Air Force’s largest aircraft which has carried satellites, tanks and killer whales and find out that when it comes to airlift, size really does matter.
In part two we meet an inspirational airshow pilot who hasn’t let a small thing like being paralyzed stop him from flying. We then go back ‘In the Loop’ with aviation legend Matt Hall for another series of extreme and death defying aerobatics.
In part three we join the celebrations as Warbird aircraft fill the skies to commemorate the Battle of Britain.
In this episode we check out all the action at the National Helicopter Championships and get back in the pilot’s seat for an inside look at the challenges of extreme aerobatics with Matt Hall and ‘In the Loop’.
In part two we meet a World War Two combat pilot, who is being reunited for the first time in over 65 years with one of the last surviving fighters as he flew off aircraft carriers in the Pacific. After numerous dog-fights and raids on enemy ground targets, we will hear how close he came to death more than once.
Finally we find out that there is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to banner towing – especially if you’re a new pilot!
“Heroes & Helicopters”
In the final episode for this series, we start by hearing first hand what it was like to be on the receiving end of an air raid from a Pearl Harbor survivor. We then head down-under to meet a pilot who loves collecting and flying big boys toys.
In part two we take our final ride with Matt Hall as he puts us in the pilots seat and upside down for an inside look at what’s going on during extreme aerobatics with ‘In the Loop’.
We then meet a unique aircraft from the Vietnam war that kept an eye of the action from above. And finally we meet another Vietnam veteran that has only just retired from flying.