Great Planes

HISTORY CHANNEL – Saturdays from 9 January, 7.30pm

Great Planes examines and highlights the stories behind the most influential and innovative planes including the A-1 Skyraider, the F-16 Falcon, and the F-104 Starfighter.

A1 SKYRAIDER

The consummate carrier jet, the Skyraider, was such a success that the Navy used it for three decades. Air Force engineers considered its design the pinnacle of piston-powered aviation.

F-16 FALCON

The F-16 Falcon was the economical, single-engine successor to the F-15. The multinational F-16 became the standard aircraft for western nations that don’t manufacture their own planes.

F-104 STARFIGHTER

The F-104 Starfighter was a mainstay of the U.S. Air Force fighter arsenal for nearly three decades. Its design was innovative and controversial, but influenced all fighters that followed.