Modern Marvels - Extreme Aircraft (Part 1 & 2)

Pierce the skies at seven times the speed of sound in the fastest jet ever flown.
They are among the most sophisticated and innovative machines ever built. They have flown further, higher and faster than any other planes ever made. They have expanded the bounds of aviation science. They are EXTREME AIRCRAFT.
The documentary is about a white knuckle ride through the history of revolutionary aircraft.

From the X-1, the first plane to travel faster than the speed of sound, to the X-43 Scramjet, which recently topped mach 7, our experts examine every facet of these historic machines. With extensive features on Cold War icons like the U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird, as well as a visit to Lockheed's famed "skunkworks," this is the ultimate profile of the ultimate flying machines.


  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare
    Take to the skies aboard some amazing flying machines! The phenomenal technology showcased in this thrilling episode will blow you away! For over a decade, MODERN MARVELS has brought grand stories to life. The ultimate celebration and investigation of engineering excellence. From swarms of mini-planes to personal aircraft, the future is now!

    As MODERN MARVELS® reveals in this jam-packed, supersonic episode, 21st Century technology is catching up to our wildest flights of fancy: personal aircraft for daily commuting, robot planes, physics-defying warplanes, and so much more. It seems our science fiction fantasies are finally coming true.

    In this non-stop, full-throttle episode you'll pull serious G's in the U.S. military's latest fighter jet. Then grab the stick and see what the pilot sees through the visor of the futuristic Helmet Mounted Display. You'll ride shotgun in the lethal B-1B Lancer, the supersonic-capable component of the U.S. long-range bomber force.

    Then try to catch a glimpse of the swarm of MAV's (Micro Air Vehicles), which are small enough to launch from a backpack! Check out the "vertical takeoff and landing" capable PAV's (Personal Aerial Vehicles), which could revolutionize our daily commute. And, finally, discover how a commercial jetliner was retrofitted into the biggest flying fire truck the world has ever seen.

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