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Quality Viewing.

Tonight I was scrolling through the TV guide searching for something even mildly stimulating and entertaining and not related to the endless run of dancing, singing, cooking, "reality" shows.

For a change, I was slightly overwhelmed to find this(the screen grab is not indicative of the overall content):



Shown on Australian SBS TV with the second part on TV here next week.

It's a 2 part documentary with, so far, only one minor error in the first episode.

Rep for anyone who spots it.

Almost every second of it is new footage, instead of the endless rehash of previously seen material.

Part 2 promises to be even better.



This is a must see for lovers of Cold War jets.
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Tonight I was scrolling through the TV guide searching for something even mildly stimulating and entertaining and not related to the endless run of dancing, singing, cooking, "reality" shows.

For a change, I was slightly overwhelmed to find this(the screen grab is not indicative of the overall content):



Shown on Australian SBS TV with the second part on TV here next week.

It's a 2 part documentary with, so far, only one minor error in the first episode.

Rep for anyone who spots it.

Almost every second of it is new footage, instead of the endless rehash of previously seen material.

Part 2 promises to be even better.



This is a must see for lovers of Cold War jets.
I agree, next week is a must, the shots of the Vulcans and especially the close up head on shot of the Handley Page Victor was scary to say the least.

Farnborough air show, can't beat it.
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Tonight I was scrolling through the TV guide searching for something even mildly stimulating and entertaining and not related to the endless run of dancing, singing, cooking, "reality" shows.


This is a must see for lovers of Cold War jets.
Much thanks for this ....Getting bored with what on TV myself!
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Part two of 'Cold War Fast Jets' was first class, best doco for months, thanks SBS, especially with Foxtel's military content going through a bit of low point at the moment.
Great film of the V bombers and the English Electric Lightning, the Lightning may have been very short legged and had a poor weapons load, but heck could it hustle [IIRC it held the world speed record for a time.]

Couple of interesting points was the German input in at least two of the V bombers, [the Vulcan and Victor] and I'm not sure how many Vulcans escaped the wreckers yard, but the example the show was having a look at has seen better days, a coat of paint wouldn't go astray.

And the film of the TSR-2 was impressive, as they said it could have been one of the greatest aircraft ever flown, pity it got the axe.

All in all, a great hours viewing.
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Tonight I was scrolling through the TV guide searching for something even mildly stimulating and entertaining and not related to the endless run of dancing, singing, cooking, "reality" shows.

For a change, I was slightly overwhelmed to find this(the screen grab is not indicative of the overall content):



Shown on Australian SBS TV with the second part on TV here next week.

It's a 2 part documentary with, so far, only one minor error in the first episode.

Rep for anyone who spots it.

Almost every second of it is new footage, instead of the endless rehash of previously seen material.

Part 2 promises to be even better.



This is a must see for lovers of Cold War jets.

Hans von Ohain is considered the designer of the first operational turbojet engine He wasn't a Brit

Statement that NOK invaded the South in May is wrong. It was June.
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I did not notice this.

Have some rep. +1

'Just the facts"

But there is another "error" in the first episode that I was originally going to give "rep" for.

For anyone that wants to review it, it concerns the dh Vampire(in the first half IIRC).
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Part two of 'Cold War Fast Jets' was first class, best doco for months, thanks SBS, especially with Foxtel's military content going through a bit of low point at the moment.
Great film of the V bombers and the English Electric Lightning, the Lightning may have been very short legged and had a poor weapons load, but heck could it hustle [IIRC it held the world speed record for a time.]

Couple of interesting points was the German input in at least two of the V bombers, [the Vulcan and Victor] and I'm not sure how many Vulcans escaped the wreckers yard, but the example the show was having a look at has seen better days, a coat of paint wouldn't go astray.

And the film of the TSR-2 was impressive, as they said it could have been one of the greatest aircraft ever flown, pity it got the axe.

All in all, a great hours viewing.
Currently, SBS is repeating another excellent BBC documentary - How to go to War by Saul David

Only a small snippet available online:



Another episode should show next Wednesday afternoon.

Re Avro Vulcan - see "XH558" restored to flying condition.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Vulcan_XH558



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Currently, SBS is repeating another excellent BBC documentary - How to go to War by Saul David

Only a small snippet available online:



Another episode should show next Wednesday afternoon.
EDIT: I have just found the links to "How to go to War"

3 episodes online.

IMO, an excellent documentary series about military logistics.

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video...-go-to-war-ep1

In a sea of pathetic TV, that's tonight's viewing taken care of.
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EDIT: I have just found the links to "How to go to War"

3 episodes online.

IMO, an excellent documentary series about military logistics.

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video...-go-to-war-ep1

In a sea of pathetic TV, that's tonight's viewing taken care of.
Thanks for the heads up, missed that one.
ABC and SBS usually come up with some first class doco's both military and non military, [and the best drama's IMHO, Rake, Jack Irish, Dr Blake mysteries, etc.]
But the rest of free to air TV is bit hard to take [apart from the cricket of course.]
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Early jet era was a lot of fun because flying early combat jets (cost of fuel, maintenance, etc.) did not come with the gigantic price tag associated with flying F-22 or F-15.

Nobody worried about fuel, and air shows featured big formations of jets doing synchronized flying and stuff like that, shows that would never be approved today. In today's climate, just 3 jets is causing the military to sweat because it's so expensive to display just 3 aircraft.
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Early jet era was a lot of fun because flying early combat jets (cost of fuel, maintenance, etc.) did not come with the gigantic price tag associated with flying F-22 or F-15.

Nobody worried about fuel, and air shows featured big formations of jets doing synchronized flying and stuff like that, shows that would never be approved today. In today's climate, just 3 jets is causing the military to sweat because it's so expensive to display just 3 aircraft.

Hell, RAF is freaking out because its costing too much money to scramble 1 Tornado to investigate Russian activity, which begs the question why even bother having an air force if scrambling 1 aircraft is too much for state budget?
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EDIT: I have just found the links to "How to go to War"

3 episodes online.

IMO, an excellent documentary series about military logistics.

http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video...-go-to-war-ep1

In a sea of pathetic TV, that's tonight's viewing taken care of.
I am supposed to choose the Australian citizenship in order to watch this docu...Sad...
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