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  • 6:00am

    9/11: The Heartland Tapes

    Smoke coming from World Trade Center towers on 9/11

    Across America, the morning of September 11, 2001 began routinely, with news and radio broadcasts sharing local human interest stories and traffic reports. But by 9:00 AM, the day's narrative had taken a tragic turn. Most of us are familiar with the national news coverage of 9/11, but the local reporting from TV and radio affiliates across the nation was no less important and no less compelling. This is an account of the tragedy as it unfolded, and as it aired in American cities large and small, told without narration or interviews.

  • 7:00am

    The Lockerbie Bombing

    Part of Lockerbie bombing memorial

    On a December night in 1988, just days before Christmas, one of the worst air disasters in history occurred over Scotland. Pan Am Flight 103, carrying 259 passengers and crew, exploded at 31,000 feet. It fell to Earth in large, fiery sections across the sleepy, hillside town of Lockerbie. Witness the aftermath of a tragedy that shocked the world and changed a small town forever. Watch rare footage, much of which has never been broadcast before, and hear stories from those who were there and those whose lives were forever torn apart.

  • 8:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    USS Nimitz

    The USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier

    USS Nimitz stands 24 stories high, is as long as the Empire State Building is tall, and is as lethal as she is massive. Armed with 75 supersonic fighter jets, she has spent the last 30-plus years warning potential enemies that America means business. Hop aboard as she prepares for deployment to the Arabian Sea near Afghanistan. Meet an untested junior pilot, a shooter who catapults jets off the flight deck – the most dangerous workplace in the world – and of course the captain, who needs to get his crew of 5,000 ready for combat.

  • 9:00am

    UFOs Declassified:

    Locked On

    Secret Soviet spy planes? Radar hoaxes? Ball lightning? Or something from another world? Several military pilots have encountered unknown phenomena while on duty, especially during the heat of the Cold War. Some actually tried engaging the objects in combat. But were any of them bona fide alien aircraft? By examining decades of recently opened government UFO investigations, and interviewing leading experts and pilots who lived through the sightings, we attempt to separate the explainable from the extraterrestrial.

  • 10:00am

    Aerial America:

    New Hampshire

    Portsmouth lighthouse

    Soar over the most independent-minded state in the Union: New Hampshire. Amid its mountains, rivers, and colonial villages exists a community of people who take their motto of "Live free or die" to heart. From an infamous poet who favored the road less traveled, to the founders of both the industrial and fast food revolutions, this state is brimming with free thinkers. Discover the sights and stories of the Granite State, from Concord to White Mountain State Park and beyond.

  • 11:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    Trump 757

    Pilot John Dunkin and Trump 757 Boeing airplane

    Take flight on one of the most luxurious private jets in the world...and one of the biggest. Donald Trump's Boeing 757 is three times the size of the average private jet and every inch of it is customized to meet its owner's high standards. Outside, it's powered by Rolls Royce engines. Inside, it has gold seatbelts, high-grade leather seats, a master bedroom, and even a shower. It's a smooth ride for passengers, but for pilot John Dunkin, things can get turbulent in a hurry, especially when one of the jet's most vital parts goes missing.

  • 12:00pm

    Electrified: The Guitar Revolution

    Acoustic Electric guitar

    The history of music's greatest invention and the world's most popular musical instrument. From the early days of the Model U and Frying Pan to the guitar wars of Fender and Gibson, experience the evolution of the electric guitar through vintage footage, interviews with rock historians and rousing live performances.

  • 1:00pm

    Making The Monkees

    The Monkees posing in director's chairs: Davey Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and Mike Nesmith

    In 1967, four unknown actors in a low budget, teen-oriented TV show became the biggest pop music act in the world. In America, they outsold Elvis and The Beatles combined. They were The Monkees, and they weren't a band in any true sense - at least at first. They were a money-making machine driven by ego and ambition, a machine that would ultimately crash and burn in a storm of greed, hurt feelings, and legal wrangling. This is the inside story of pop music's first manufactured band.

  • 2:00pm

    The True Story of the Mary Celeste

    Painting of the Mary Celeste in stormy waters

    On December 4, 1872, the unmanned Mary Celeste was found adrift in the Atlantic with its cargo fully intact. The mystery of this "ghost ship" remained unanswered for over 135 years. What happened to the Mary Celeste is widely regarded as the most famous mystery of the sea. Watch it unfold to its stunning conclusion, at last.

  • 3:00pm

    Sinking The Lusitania: An American Tragedy

    © The Library of Congress LC-USZ62-64957

    The sinking of the Lusitania and the impact it had in determining the fate of World War I is widely known. But few know the stories of the passengers and crew aboard the doomed luxury liner, or the German commander who ordered the deadly attack on May 7, 1915. Follow the final voyage of the massive ship, from her celebrated exit from New York's Pier 54 to her 18-minute plummet off the coast of Ireland. Through firsthand accounts, meet the men, women, and children who rode the "Greyhound of the Seas" into a war zone, and into history.

  • 4:00pm

    Apocalypse: The Second World War:

    The Noose

    Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill during World War II © Tous droits réservés/CC ET C

    Stalingrad. In a war with many turning points, none was more horrific than the battle for this key Soviet city. With an estimated two million combined casualties, Stalingrad was a crucible of war in which soldiers, civilians, and the city itself were pulverized. Aerial and civilian footage shows the cruelty and horror of two implacable enemies tearing at each other without mercy. It's the Soviets who prevail. We also see the North African campaign end in Rommel's defeat, an event that Churchill called "not the beginning of the end, but perhaps the end of the beginning." Not all Hitler's enemies prevail, however, as the fearless Jews making a stand in what became known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising are finally crushed without mercy-a fate shared by thousands of partisans throughout occupied Europe. Nonetheless, with options running out and its enemies closing in, the noose is beginning to tighten around Nazi Germany.

  • 5:00pm

    Secrets:

    Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall of China is more than just a part of history, it's part of the world's geography, a sprawling, massive edifice of mud, reeds, and billions of bricks. But why did the Chinese go to such lengths to build it? And what secrets have enabled it to survive for over 2,000 years? We unravel its mysteries and rewrite its complex history through groundbreaking science and pioneering drone technology. This is how the wall was built, what its real purpose was, how it has survived multiple earthquakes and attacks, and how long it really runs.

  • 6:00pm

    747: The Jumbo Revolution

    Jumbo Jet in production

    At any given moment hundreds of people are soaring above us in a 747. From the moment the very first jumbo jet took off in 1969, it has been the aircraft against which all others are judged. But its 45-year journey has been anything but smooth. This is the definitive story of the Boeing 747, from its milestones and triumphs to its turning points and disasters. Witness its history through rare archival footage and tales from pilots, engineers, designers, and passengers who were there when it all began.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Hanging By A Thread

    An island hop through paradise turns into a living hell for all aboard Aloha Airlines Flight 243 when the top of the fuselage tears off the airplane. The cabin becomes depressurized and there's no emergency oxygen supply. First, the pilots must rapidly reach a lower altitude so everyone can breathe. Then they must figure out how to land a plane that is held together by just its floor beams. Passengers brave 13 minutes of terror and 300 MPH freezing winds as pilots attempt to land a plane on the verge of coming apart.

  • 9:00pm

    Planes That Changed the World:

    SR-71 Blackbird

    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.

  • 10:00pm

    Secrets of the Third Reich:

    The Hess Enigma

    Mystery and intrigue continue to swirl around Hitler's right-hand man, Rudolf Hess, more than a quarter of a century after his death. Why did he abandon the Reich at the height of its power? How immersed was he into alternative medicine and was his death truly a suicide? We reexamine the life of the Deputy Fuhrer and follow his delusional and dangerous "mission of humanity" that helped turn the tide of World War II.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Hanging By A Thread

    An island hop through paradise turns into a living hell for all aboard Aloha Airlines Flight 243 when the top of the fuselage tears off the airplane. The cabin becomes depressurized and there's no emergency oxygen supply. First, the pilots must rapidly reach a lower altitude so everyone can breathe. Then they must figure out how to land a plane that is held together by just its floor beams. Passengers brave 13 minutes of terror and 300 MPH freezing winds as pilots attempt to land a plane on the verge of coming apart.

  • 12:00am

    Planes That Changed the World:

    SR-71 Blackbird

    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.

  • 1:00am

    Secrets of the Third Reich:

    The Hess Enigma

    Mystery and intrigue continue to swirl around Hitler's right-hand man, Rudolf Hess, more than a quarter of a century after his death. Why did he abandon the Reich at the height of its power? How immersed was he into alternative medicine and was his death truly a suicide? We reexamine the life of the Deputy Fuhrer and follow his delusional and dangerous "mission of humanity" that helped turn the tide of World War II.

  • 2:00am

    Museum Secrets Revealed:

    Inside the Topkapi Palace Museum

    Bed chamber displays inside the Topkapi Palace Museum © KENSINGTON COMMUNICATIONS INC.

    Once the palace of sultans, the Topkapi Palace Museum sits on a hill overlooking the city of Istanbul. Inside, opulent treasures and ancient secrets of the Ottoman Empire's brightest minds and darkest souls are waiting to be revealed. Uncover messages from the past and reopen chapters from history as we reveal how a harem slave rose to rule an empire, how a Turkish admiral got his hands on one of Christopher Columbus' maps, and more.

  • 3:00am

    Fall of Japan: In Color

    When American troops joined the epic battle against the Japanese in World War II, a British journalist followed along, equipped with a movie camera, some rolls of color film, and a powerful friendship with General Douglas MacArthur. Follow the travels of war correspondent William Courtenay and his unrivaled reporting on the Pacific campaign and its great commander. Then witness his remarkable archival recordings, from multiple island attacks to the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

  • 4:00am

    The Day The Bomb Dropped

    Courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

    The key scientists of the Manhattan Project. The pilot who navigated Enola Gay over its target. The man who broke the news to Truman that the bomb had been dropped. And the citizens of Hiroshima who somehow survived to see their city obliterated. These are the stories of August 6, 1945, the day that launched the atomic age, told by the people who were there. Through their heroic, harrowing, and heartbreaking accounts, we relive the tragic day that hastened the end of a war and changed the world forever.

  • 5:00am

    The Weapon Hunter:

    Tank Destroyer

    Host Paul Shull has been invited by his friend, a military enthusiast and mechanic, to assist him on a once in a lifetime project: to rebuild the incredibly rare Achilles Tank Destroyer. This World War II warrior was built for speed and power, able to cruise at over 30 MPH and armed with a 17-pound gun that could rip through virtually anything in its path. Witness the reconstruction of this historic weapon, one that will require many hours of labor and hunting for parts in order to get this heroic beast back on her treads.