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  • 6:00am

    Aerial America:

    Ohio

    Biplane flying unsettled area, showing cloudy sky

    It's where the Wright brothers' visions of flight fully took off and where a young Neil Armstrong first dreamed of the Moon. Take flight over the Buckeye State and witness centuries of American history etched in its soil. From the Ohio River, where Revolutionary War veterans started life anew, to Marietta, where runaway slaves sought shelter, this aerial tour celebrates the state's spirit: built on freedom, sports, and rock and roll.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    Minnesota

    View of St. Paul and the St. Croix River, from Minneapolis

    Soar over Minnesota, where the Mighty Mississippi begins and the blue Midwestern sky never ends. This aerial exploration of the North Star State whisks you across ancient glacial landscapes, iconic bodies of water, and the farm towns that have fed our county for over a century. From warring settlers and Indians, to battling flour titans, and from the massive Mall of America to the mythical Lake Wobegon, see how Minnesota is more than the "Land of 10,000 Lakes."

  • 8:00am

    Epic Yellowstone:

    Life on the Wing

    Soar above the erupting Old Faithful geyser, the cascading Lower Falls, and the brilliant Grand Prismatic Springs as we explore life in Yellowstone National Park through the eyes of its winged creatures. From an American dipper's frozen dinner to a sage grouse's mating display to a bald eagle's struggle to feed her eaglets, see how the birds of Yellowstone survive and thrive over a course of a year.

  • 9:00am

    My Journey with a Polar Bear

    Asgeir Helgestad/www.articlight.com

    For four years, Asgeir Helgestad, a Norwegian wildlife filmmaker, has followed a beautiful polar bear mother named Frost in her home on Svalbard, a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean. Rising temperatures are causing dramatic changes in her ecosystem, leading to desperate struggles to find food for herself and her young cubs. Follow this tale of man and beast, hope and despair, and life and death in a land disappearing before their eyes.

  • 10:00am

    Air Warriors:

    Drones

    Two soldiers flying a drone across a field. US Department of Defense/DVIDS

    Drones: they watch, analyze, even kill without ever risking a pilot's life. These unmanned aerial vehicles can be flown from anywhere on the globe and can get into places never before dreamed. They are widely used by military and civilians alike and can be seen almost everywhere, but exactly where, when, and how did these flying robots come to be? Join us as we follow drones over war zones, wildfires, and into aviation history as we detail their meteoric rise from yesterday's obscure wonder to today's global obsession.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    Washington, DC

    Washington Monument at dusk

    Washington, DC, does not boast towering buildings, but its skyline still inspires awe through its history, purpose, and what happens inside its walls. Explore the Nation's Capital from above as we swoop over its monuments, memorials, historic neighborhoods, and beckoning waters. We celebrate a city of stately American symbols and turbulent history, including scandals, protests, assassinations, and battles that rocked it to its core. But through it all, D.C. has survived and thrived, proving itself a city worthy of the nation it represents.

  • 12:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Utah

    Great Salt Lake, with rock formations

    From the unearthly pinnacles of Arches National Park to the blinding white terrain of the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah has an alien beauty that you must see to believe. It has a history uniquely its own, from the tragedy of the Donner Party to the arrival of Brigham Young, an American leader who built Mormonism into one of the most successful religions in the world. This journey over the Beehive State celebrates a land that offers endless surprises and possibilities.

  • 1:00pm

    America's Hidden Stories:

    Pearl Harbor Spies

    On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japan's war machine attacked Pearl Harbor, killing over 2,300 American servicemen. The conventional story is that America was caught sleeping that day and was hit without warning. But newly declassified documents from U.S. Naval Intelligence and the FBI reveal a very different tale, one of Japanese and German spies studying Pearl Harbor long before the assault. So, how were we still caught so tragically off guard? Modern historians are determined to find out.

  • 2:00pm

    Secrets:

    Easter Island

    Standing Moai figures on Easter Island. © Andy Webb

    The stone giants of Easter Island are some of the most recognizable statues on Earth, and some of the least understood. Why were hundreds of these enormous figures built, and how? And what prompted the Islanders to topple all of them to the ground, save for one? To answer these questions, our team of experts gathers evidence on the island and pores over a centuries-old eyewitness account. They also use modern analysis to decipher the symbolic code cut into the last statue standing, a carving that reveals a story of extraordinary struggle.

  • 3:00pm

    Russian Revolution in Color:

    Fear and Paranoia

    Russian propaganda poster calling for revolution

    In just a few short years, the ideals that inspired the Russian Revolution became distant memories, forgotten or ignored by Lenin and the Bolshevik Party. Instead, fear, paranoia, and violence became the new culture. The sailors of Kronshtadt registered a protest against Lenin, believing they were exercising their democratic duty. But in fact they were unknowingly plotting a collision course with the Red Army. It was to be the beginning of the end for the one-time heroes of the revolution.

  • 4:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    Osprey

    U.S. Marines exiting a V-22 Osprey. US Department of Defense / DVIDS

    The story of the U.S. Marine's V-22 Osprey is one of transformation. It can convert from helicopter to plane, and back again. But what led to its invention? And how did it survive more than two decades of political turmoil and media scrutiny? Join us as we look back on this historic tiltrotor's tumultuous history. We detail how it escaped the political chopping block, how it built its reputation in battles and on humanitarian rescue efforts, and how it ultimately transformed the landscape of military aviation forever.

  • 5:00pm

    V2: Nazi Rocket

    Perspective of a Nazi soldier reviewing a passport while holding a man at gunpoint.

    The Nazis knew it was their last chance. The British knew it was the deadliest threat they'd ever face. And the Americans knew it could fall into the wrong hands. The V2 rocket quickly became Hitler's greatest deadly weapon and beacon of hope to turn the course of World War II in his favor. Watch Nazi Germany's desperate attempt at victory as the Allies race to stop them and see how the V2 miraculously went from deadly weapon to amazing feat of space technology.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Bad Attitude

    Airport investigators with flashlights looking at tarmac in darkness

    December 1999, just days before Christmas, Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509 crashes after takeoff. Experts quickly determine the cause of the disaster, but what they can't figure out is why no one aboard the plane did anything to stop it from happening. Join this baffling investigation as it shifts from a crash site examination to a lesson in Korean culture. The facts suggests the seeds of this deadly crash were actually sewn hundreds of years before the 747 even left the ground.

  • 7:00pm

    Disasters at Sea:

    The Ice Ship

    Passengers on an adventure cruise in Antarctica watch on as their ship, the MV Explorer, plows through nine miles of ice. The vessel was built for polar sightseeing, but on this voyage, it springs a leak, and its lower deck is flooded with freezing seawater. All 154 aboard must abandon ship and spend five terrifying hours adrift in lifeboats before they are finally rescued. With the ship now at the bottom of the Southern Ocean, investigators turn to eyewitness accounts to understand what went wrong.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Deadly Detail

    Man comparing two bolts.

    The chances of a catastrophic event happening after a plane parks are nearly nonexistent, which is why the incident aboard China Airlines Flight 120 was so baffling to investigators. The plane's engines were switched off. The passengers were lining up to debark. Then within seconds, the aircraft was engulfed in flames. What caused the sudden inferno that sent panicked passengers scrambling for their lives? Discover the tiny failure that endangered not only this flight and its passengers, but air travelers around the world.

  • 9:00pm

    America in Color:

    Playtime

    At the start of the 20th century, Americans find themselves with more time and money on their hands. Coney Island launches the country's first amusement parks and proves that big profits can be earned from fun and entertainment. By 1953, Americans are spending $18 billion a year on leisure activities like camping, bowling, and attending sports events. This is the story of America at play, presented through digitally remastered and colorized archival footage and rarely seen home movies.

  • 10:00pm

    The Pacific War in Color:

    The Enemy Underground

    General Douglas MacArthur during the Pacific War.

    After a disastrous start, Admiral Chester Nimitz's island-hopping campaign across the Central Pacific has gained momentum and led his men to their largest and most important target yet: Saipan in the Mariana Islands. The nearly month-long battle on this island featured mountain sieges, Banzai attacks, white-knuckled dogfights, and escalating tensions between the U.S. Army and Marines. Color combat footage and testimony from the soldiers who were there bring this seminal moment of the Pacific War to life.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Deadly Detail

    Man comparing two bolts.

    The chances of a catastrophic event happening after a plane parks are nearly nonexistent, which is why the incident aboard China Airlines Flight 120 was so baffling to investigators. The plane's engines were switched off. The passengers were lining up to debark. Then within seconds, the aircraft was engulfed in flames. What caused the sudden inferno that sent panicked passengers scrambling for their lives? Discover the tiny failure that endangered not only this flight and its passengers, but air travelers around the world.

  • 12:00am

    America in Color:

    Playtime

    At the start of the 20th century, Americans find themselves with more time and money on their hands. Coney Island launches the country's first amusement parks and proves that big profits can be earned from fun and entertainment. By 1953, Americans are spending $18 billion a year on leisure activities like camping, bowling, and attending sports events. This is the story of America at play, presented through digitally remastered and colorized archival footage and rarely seen home movies.

  • 1:00am

    The Pacific War in Color:

    The Enemy Underground

    General Douglas MacArthur during the Pacific War.

    After a disastrous start, Admiral Chester Nimitz's island-hopping campaign across the Central Pacific has gained momentum and led his men to their largest and most important target yet: Saipan in the Mariana Islands. The nearly month-long battle on this island featured mountain sieges, Banzai attacks, white-knuckled dogfights, and escalating tensions between the U.S. Army and Marines. Color combat footage and testimony from the soldiers who were there bring this seminal moment of the Pacific War to life.

  • 2:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Fatal Delivery

    Pilot steering a plane and checking dashboard.

    Shortly after taking off from Dubai, UPS Flight 6 catches fire. With flames spreading throughout the main deck, the pilots make a desperate attempt to return to the airport for an emergency landing. But critical systems are failing, the pilot has collapsed, smoke is filling the cockpit, and the first officer cannot see his instruments. The only way to land is to improvise an emergency procedure, but shaky communications with controllers and poor visibility inside and outside the plane will make for a nearly impossible landing.

  • 3:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Carnage in Sao Paulo

    Investigators walking through the charred remains of a plane.

    Not far from Congonhas Airport, a Sao Paulo neighborhood is in flames. It's a scene of devastation caused by a TAM Airlines plane that crashed just seconds after takeoff. With a shocked nation watching, investigators from the Brazilian Air Force join forces with the National Transportation Safety Board to learn what happened. After combing through more than a hundred parameters in search of a lead, they determine a series of malfunctions caused the accident, coupled with a mechanical failure so rare that pilots had received no training for it.

  • 4:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    C-2A Greyhound

    U.S. aircraft carriers all over the world rely on a quiet backstage hero: the C-2 Greyhound--one of the strongest most dependable transport Greyhounds of all time. This lifeline for the U.S. Navy transports high-priority cargo such as critical aircraft parts, passengers, and even the mail. But, it takes a very skilled pilot to land this massive plane on busy, rolling flight decks. Discover the training that goes into becoming such a pilot as we follow four students pushing themselves to the limit to join this elite group.

  • 5:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    Airbus A400M

    The Luftwaffe's A400M Atlas is able to move massive cargo, provide medical support, and bring the fight to the enemy. Enter its manufacturing facility in Seville, Spain to get an inside look at how this state-of-the-art aircraft is built for action. Whether transporting a three-ton tactical helicopter, whisking away paratroopers on a dangerous training mission in the German countryside, or delivering live cargo to Italy, the A400M is the future of military transport.

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