Britain's Greatest Machines With Chris Barrie: 1050's A New World Order

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Wednesday 12 August, 7.30pm

In the 1950s, Britain was determined to remain the world leader in engineering and a military power in a new world order dominated by the Cold War superpowers. Chris the controls of a Deltic Diesel locomotive as he finds out how wartime technology and materials were used to build groundbreaking new machines; he also visits the Lovell Telescope to find out how a peaceful post-war radio telescope became embroiled in the Cold War. Chris re-visits the superb but ultimately doomed design of the world’s first jet airliner before taking to the original “Jungle” Test Track with one of Britain’s greatest international successes, the Land Rover.

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