Planes That Changed the World

Sundays, 9:00 PM ET on Smithsonian Channel

60 minutes

A supersonic spy plane that can reach Mach 3 and the very edge of space. A seven-story, flying double-decker that can carry up to 853 people. And the Holy Grail of aircraft design that revolutionized air travel as we know it today. These are the amazing journeys of three planes that changed the world: the SR-71 Blackbird, the DC-3, and the Airbus A380. Each extraordinary plane has an extraordinary story to match, including big gambles, brilliant minds, maverick figures, and life-threatening challenges.

Sundays, 9:00 PM ET on Smithsonian Channel

60 minutes

A supersonic spy plane that can reach Mach 3 and the very edge of space. A seven-story, flying double-decker that can carry up to 853 people. And the Holy Grail of aircraft design that revolutionized air travel as we know it today. These are the amazing journeys of three planes that changed the world: the SR-71 Blackbird, the DC-3, and the Airbus A380. Each extraordinary plane has an extraordinary story to match, including big gambles, brilliant minds, maverick figures, and life-threatening challenges.

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Watch Planes That Changed the World Season 1 Episode 3 - A380 Superjumbo

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s1e3 A380 Superjumbo
August 23, 2015
It began with a mission to take on Boeing's queen of the skies, the mighty 747. The plan: to build the world's first superjumbo, a double-decker jetliner. Building it would be no small undertaking, and failure could mean the end of the Airbus. This is the story of the A380, from its planning to its building to its first big test. It was a high-stakes gamble, with engineering and logistical challenges on a scale never seen before. Engineers wondered if a plane this size could ever get off the ground, and they risked everything to find out.
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Watch Planes That Changed the World Season 1 Episode 1 - SR-71 Blackbird

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s1e1 SR-71 Blackbird
August 13, 2015
The SR-71 Blackbird can travel at three times the speed of sound and at heights of 80,000 feet, at the very edge of space. But its greatest legacy is helping maintain peace when the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Even today, this marvel of engineering remains one of the fastest, highest-flying manned planes in the world. This is its remarkable history, through interviews with the men and women who built it and dared to fly it.
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Watch Planes That Changed the World Season 1 Episode 1 - SR-71 Blackbird
s1e1 SR-71 Blackbird
August 13, 2015
August 13, 2015
SR-71 Blackbird
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Watch Planes That Changed the World Season 1 Episode 2 - DC-3
s1e2 DC-3
August 16, 2015
August 16, 2015
DC-3
Watch Planes That Changed the World Season 1 Episode 3 - A380 Superjumbo
s1e3 A380 Superjumbo
August 23, 2015
August 23, 2015
A380 Superjumbo
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