Birth of Flight: History of Civil Aviation
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A Fascinating 7-Hour Documentary Series!
A Complete Chronology of the World of Aviation!
From the exhilarating and perilous days of early fight, to the present, where travel on commercial flights all over the world is as common as travel by car, this program chronicles the complete history of the airplane and the persons who have had the biggest impact on the world of aviation including: Wilbur and Orville Wright, Henri Fabre, Sir Frank Whittle, William E. Boeing and many more!
A Complete Chronology of the World of Aviation!
When the Wright brothers successfully took to the sky in 1903, the world paid attention. Civil aviation has since developed into a multi-billion dollar industry capable of transporting passengers from anywhere, every hour of every day. We look at the incredible history and development of civil aviation in this series. From Lindburgh through to modern marvels such as the Boeing 787, this 8-part series explores the amazing world of aviation!
- EPISODE 1 - This program looks at the beginnings of flight, with innovators such as Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo DaVinci coming up with new ways to give man wings, and chronicles the invention of hot air balloons, Zeppelins, box kites, and of course the story of the most influential inventors of all - Wilbur and Orville Wright
- EPISODE 2 - The first decades of aviation brought both triumph and tragedy. A new breed of adventurers looked to the heavens for their challenges, and thrilled audiences around the world. The advent of the movie camera meant that their exploits could be broadcast to every corner of the globe, and recorded for posterity.
- EPISODE 3 - The decades following the First World War saw air craft designers pushing the boundaries of aeronautical technology, moving the industry forward at a rapid pace. With new commercial markets opening up, it was the visionaries who held the key to success.
- EPISODE 4 - The years following the First World War saw flying take off as business. Flying became a bigger feature of life all around the world, not just as a novelty "adventure" for rich people but as a mode of transport available to just about anyone.
- EPISODE 5 - Seaplane development went from strength to strength, with Seaplanes becoming the largest aircraft in the world by the end of the First World War. Seaplanes saw the dawn of the aviation industry as they could accommodate large numbers of passengers between continents, and only required a smooth body of water to land.
- EPISODE 6 - Flying at the speed of sound was made a reality when traditional rivals Britain and France collaborated to build the world's first Concorde, a jet that could traverse the Atlantic in just 3 hours, at twice the speed of sound, around about 1400 miles an hour!
- EPISODE 7 - The Boeing 737 twin engine jetliner was to become Boeing's greatest success because of the fact that it has one of the lowest approach speeds of any jet transport and the minimum equipment required for refueling.
- EPISODE 8 - The development of more sophisticated airplanes eventually made twin-engine, long-distance travel feasible. A new standard was introduced, known as Extended Range Twin-Engine Operation.
Top Customer Reviews
The series does not offer detailed reenactments of the prehistory of powered flight, as in the memorable 1936 movie "Conquest of the Air." Far more surprising, it almost completely skips over the role of aircraft in World War II (some of which can be seen in the series "Victory at Sea," also available cheaply from Mill Creek Entertainment). The viewer periodically wonders how the series' creators decided what to include; for instance, Wiley Post is mentioned as the first aviator to make a solo flight around the world, but I don't recall any mention of his tragic death.
To be sure, the "Birth of Flight" videos do take us well beyond the BIRTH of flight. But given the excision of nearly 50 years of modern aviation history, the title has inevitably been amended to remove the "present" and "future" of the original series name.
In general, the film clips are organized topically rather than in strict chronological sequence; they are at times slightly repetitive, at other times brisk enough that one has to listen carefully to keep the names and dates straight. Fluent narration is provided by Stuart Sykes, who has a Scottish accent but does a creditable job of pronouncing foreign names. Understandably, the visual quality of the film footage--some of it more than 100 years old--is uneven.Read more ›
The portion I saw consisted of a sequence of still images with a vaguely British-accented narrator reading text only loosely related to the images. There is also continuous random background music.
But if you're familiar with early aviation, you'll be surprised at the wonderful and knowledgeable selection of photos!
Look, at this price you can't go wrong. What you'll get is not as good as the best TV documentary, but better than many I've seen.
In several important respects, the 'Birth of Flight: History of Civil Aviation' DVD manages to cover practically all the important developments in aviation history successfully.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great historical, rendition of years gone by, the beginning of flight........Published 1 day ago by Rosemary Rousseaux
Episode 8 ends with an interview in 2007 of a flight attendant. There is no mention of any modern aircraft after the 1970s. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pilotdude53
I'm an aviation fan myself and student of a college of aeronautical sciences in Brazil, and I would like to buy a copy for me and give one as a gift to a teacher, witch lessons the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cliuston Stephan Macedo Santana
wonderful. totally would recommend to anyone who loves planes or wants to learn about the history of flyingPublished 10 months ago by wyatt earp
Watched 3-4 episodes so far...
I was badly looking for a documentary on the history of CIVIL aviation and this product really satisfied my need. Read more
I'm still obsessed with flying after years as a pilot, but can never get enough from any DVD. This is a good compilation of aviation history, lots of images of airplanes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Linda A. Nix