The early history of aviation, covering the Wright Brothers, Santos Dumont, Louie Bierot, the Avro, commercial airlines, WWI and WWII military jet development, breaking the sound barrier, NASA plane landers, and Burt Rutan's Voyager.
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Episode credited cast:
Louis Blériot Louis Blériot ... Himself (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Alan Cobham Alan Cobham ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert L. Crippen Robert L. Crippen ... Himself (archive footage)
Scott Crossfield Scott Crossfield ... Himself
Bill Dana Bill Dana ... Himself - X-15 Test Pilot
Michael Daunt Michael Daunt ... Himself - Gloster E28-39 Test Pilor
Santos Dumont Santos Dumont ... Himself (archive footage)
George Felton George Felton ... Himself - Pilot
Ken Kellett Ken Kellett ... Himself
Charles A. Lindbergh ... Himself (archive footage)
E. Kristinn Olsen E. Kristinn Olsen ... Himself - Director Icelandair (as Captain E. Kristinn Olsen)
Anthony Quayle ... Narrator
Arthur Raymond Arthur Raymond ... Himself
Burt Rutan Burt Rutan ... Himself
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The early history of aviation, covering the Wright Brothers, Santos Dumont, Louie Bierot, the Avro, commercial airlines, WWI and WWII military jet development, breaking the sound barrier, NASA plane landers, and Burt Rutan's Voyager.

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12 September 1988 (UK) See more »

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA See more »

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John Gau Productions See more »
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The best documentary ever made on the History of Aviation
12 January 2013 | by tapteeSee all my reviews

"Reaching for the skies" is unequivocally the best aviation documentary every made in the history of film, and the history of flight. The series consists of 12 parts, and "Pioneers" is the first part. The history is well researched, the narration is to the point, informative, and fascinating like flying itself. The story starts with Wright brothers' achieving what was impossible throughout known human history. The documentary covers all aspects of flying from the fastest, to the dangerous, to the most comfortable of aircraft. Unfortunately, this was never released on a DVD due to some copyrights trouble at the BBC. It was released on VHF. After 25 years, and the 480p resolution, this is still the most detailed history of evolution of aviation on TV. Watch it, it will knock your socks off.


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