Strange Planes (1990)

Genres - Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Vehicles & Transportation  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Sarah Ing

This Discovery series celebrates the aviation underdogs, aircraft that carried the loads in Strange Planes: Giants. From the full-bellied dirigibles to passenger jets, large-sized planes have come a long way. Air-inflated craft were popular for a time, even serving in World War I. But, cumbersome construction and navigational limits made them difficult to use. Still, armies needed a way to transport large crews and supplies over enemy-infested waters. Along came the Spruce Goose. Weighing over 400,000 pounds, the enormous plane was an engineering miracle that fulfilled transportation needs.