SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

How Britain Bridges The World

Throughout history Britain’s bridge builders have stood out from the rest of the world. From Thomas Telford to Lord Norman Foster, designers and engineers have been, and still are, the best. This insightful documentary explores some of the most iconic structures built by Britain’s best. Featuring London’s Millennium Bridge, Skye Bridge, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the colossal Milau in France, we discover what it took to build these structures.

We hear from leading figures in the field—from Peter Curran and Hamish Douglas to Michel Virlogeux and Gordon Masterton. The program unveils why and how these bridges came to be, and why British bridge building is still the best.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2011

Episode: 1 of 1


 

Ultimates – Ultimate Strike Planes – Episode 4

Ultimate Strike Planes looks at the history of creating stronger, faster and more powerful military aircraft. Using interviews, dramatic footage and CGI, the one-hour episode examines the evolution of technology used to make some of the world’s most powerful fighting machines, while also exploring the political and economic advantages of staying one step ahead of the competition. Using interviews with the pilots who operate fighter planes, the episode offers a glimpse into the past, present and future of strike plane technology, including the most recent innovations that allow planes to take off from short distances and go undetected by radar.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2003

Episode: 4 of 4


 

Ultimates – Ultimate Racing Crashes – Episode 2

Ultimate Racing Crashes explores the high tech, high-speed world of car and bike racing. By examining several renowned Formula 1, NASCAR and motorbike crashes, the episode offers a fascinating look at the history of the science and engineering used to sustain drivers in life-threatening impacts. The episode also chronicles vital measures taken by Formula 1 and NASCAR governing bodies to more effectively manage the safety of these highly dangerous, cutting-edge sports.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2003

Episode: 2 of 4


 

Ultimates – Ultimate Explosions – Episode 1

Ultimate Explosions chronicles the compelling stories of explosions that have reverberated around the world. The one hour episode also reveals the powerful stories about the men, women and children impacted by the world’s most notorious wartime, accidental and man-made explosions, while also telling the untold story of a massive underground bomb that could explode at any time, posing the ultimate challenge for explosives experts.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2003

Episode: 1 of 4


 

Airdogs 4 – Episode 8

As Rooster struggles to adapt his flight experience to helicopters, Mark aims to finally out perform the veteran pilot. Although Miller is the only one with experience in a helicopter, the two have headed out south to challenge each other on an experimental chopper that simulates plane flight via an onboard computer, possibly giving Rooster back his advantage.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 8 of 1


 

Airdogs 3 – Episode 6

Watch as the Air Dogs relive the history of the worlds first powered aircraft design, the Biplane. Rooster attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps by testing himself on one of the toughest WWII training aircraft, the Tiger Moth; while Miller goes joyriding in a vintage stunt Biplane.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 6 of 2


 

Airdogs 2 – Episode 4

The Air Dogs are on a pilgrimage to the Mecca of gliding, a unique area at the foot of the Rocky Mountains that produces massive thermals. The two want to find out who can surf the “wave” up to the greatest elevation in one of the engineless gliders. Equipped with oxygen tanks and clothing designed protect against the temperatures of Mt. Everest, Miller and Rooster soar into the inhospitable heights of the atmosphere trying to outdo each other.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2009

Episode: 4 of 2


 

Airdogs 2 – Episode 2

What self-respecting pilot wouldn’t have a B-25 Mitchell on their fantasy flight list? During the Second World War, B-25s flew in every theatre of war on missions ranging from bombing, to low-level tank busting to anti-shipping attacks. In this episode, the Air Dogs head to Hamilton, Ontario, where Rooster hopes to take a Mitchell for a ride. Meanwhile, Miller gears up to fly another vintage workhorse from the Second World War. The Beech 18 C-45 Expeditor was used for bombing and weapons training, search and rescue operations, light transport and reconnaissance missions as well as communications. The Air Dogs are ready to start their engines, but can they pass their ground school test first?


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 5 of 2


 

Airdogs 1 – Episode 2

In this adrenaline-filled episode, the Air Dogs push their skills to the limit. The mission: land a vintage air trainer on the smallest airstrip in the world – the roof of a RV speeding down a short runway at over 90 kilometres an hour. World famous air show pilot Kent Pietch spends time teaching Rooster and Miller the technique, but will all the training help them master such a hairy landing?


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 2 of 1


 

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