Over 8 hours of amazing air combat footage from the WW II archives and firsthandÂ accounts of the greatest air battles the world has ever known. Each program features airÂ combat footage shot at the height of raging dog fights. The surviving Fighter Aces from allÂ sides of the conflict Japan, Germany, Britain, Russia, Canada, Australia and the UnitedÂ States provide vivid and graphic firsthand accounts of what it was like to be a fighter pilotÂ in some of the most daring, life-threatening air battles of WW II.
Disc 1: Knights in the Sky: Aerial combat and what it takes to be an ace no fear of dying and eyes in the back of your head. Â Defending the Realm: Â The Luftwaffe crushes Poland, France, Denmark and Norway, but British Aces save Britain.Â Red Star Rising Â The Soviet Air Force is wiped out byÂ the Luftwaffe but recoversto hold German pilots toÂ a standstill.
Disc 2: Tigers over China:Â The Flying Tigers, Â volunteer AmericansÂ terrorize Japanese pilots over Chinese skies.Â Hell in the Pacific: Â Outnumbered, AmericansÂ turn the tide at Midway. Closing the Ring Marine valor paves theÂ way for aerial assault on Japan.Â Victory in the Pacific: Â Japanese air power weakens as American pilots becomeÂ deadly accurate.
Disc 3:Under All Flags: Â Royal Air Force defends skies over England. Big Friend, Little Friend: Â American Aces strike deep in the heart of the Third Reich. Struggle for Supremacy Â Germans shock Allies when they deploy jet and rocket fighters.
Disc 4: Assault on Fortress: Europe Â Undermanned, outgunned Luftwaffe is defiant toÂ the end. Fall of the Third Reich Final aerial battles betweenÂ Soviet and German pilots. Reflections on War: Â Pilots of aerial duelsÂ recall skills and purpose that elevated themÂ to the ranks of Aces.
Disc 5: SILENT WINGS 6,000 young Americans volunteered to fly large unarmed gliders intoÂ battle. Only a few returned.
Disc 6: LAST FLIGHT TO BERLIN Â He was two months old when his father s plane was shot down in 1944. Sixty years later he met the German pilot who killed his father. WW I THE BIRTH OF AERIAL COMBAT Â The StoryÂ of the Red Baron, the nemesis of Allied pilots,Â who downed 80 planes in WW I.