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Title Cold War, Hot Jets: Wide Blue Yonder - Ep 1 Of 2 / Director: Winchcombe, Simon
Published Australia : SBS ONE, 2015
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Summary The jet engine is one of the most important inventions of the twentieth century. A triumph of engineering born out of conflict; it accelerated life and revolutionised the world. In the post war World, the jet plane and its daredevil pilots were doing victory rolls over Europe, impressing adoring crowds, and pushing technology to its limits to break the sound barrier. But by 1950 the jet had become the focus of intense rivalry and one-upmanship between superpowers - a platform for unleashing nuclear Armageddon, a vehicle for undertaking espionage, and the most sought after technology of the Cold War.Across two programs, we will explore the vital role the jet played in this conflict; and discover how it was embraced, adapted and improved to face up to the frightening realities of the new era.With Britain emerging from the Second World War in financial crisis there was one innovation that provided hope for the future - its world class aircraft industry. We examine the British companies which pioneered the rapid development of the jet aircraft, and the heroic test pilots who risked life and limb in untried machines. We tell the story of how these men pushed the technology to its limits to sell the World an idea: the British Jet plane. (Part 1 of 2) (From the UK) (Documentary) G CC
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2015-01-07 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Great Britain. Royal Air Force.
Jet engines.
War -- Economic aspects.
United Kingdom.
Form Streaming video
Author Winchcombe, Simon, director
Holland, James, host
Brown, Eric, contributor
Corley, Jon, contributor
Halloran, Pat, contributor
Hennessy, Peter, contributor
Khrushchev, Sergei, contributor
Macmillan, Alexander, contributor
Sanders, Rex, contributor
Taylor, Hal, contributor
Walker, Johnny, contributor