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Set that Dial – “Survival in a Skies” array on Smithsonian Channel

Looking for some good aviation story and information? Please keep these episodes of “Survival in a Skies” array on Smithsonian Channel in mind  – this fascinating array tells a stories behind a machines and inclination that assistance us tarry in a skies–from parachutes and ejection seats, to jet engines–and how they developed from common beginnings to implausible instruments that have altered a universe and carried us to new heights.

Subsequent episodes of SURVIVAL IN THE SKIES are:

Premieres Tuesday, Dec 5 during 9 PM ET/PT

Parachutes have saved some-more than 100,000 lives given their invention, and regulating one is now safer than pushing a car. But a growth of this life-saver compulsory outrageous leaps of faith by pioneering engineers and bold exam jumpers who risked their lives for innovation. Discover a infinite story of parachutes, from a early test-jumps from WWI biplanes to a large chutes that land vehicles on Mars.

Premieres Tuesday, Dec 12 during 9 PM ET/PT
CLIP: Footage of a First Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Test:
The origins of a ejection chair began over a century ago and in that time, they have saved over 10,000 lives. But as new record continues to pull a boundary of aviation, engineers are constantly tasked to find improved ways to propel pilots to reserve when disaster strikes. Witness a expansion of a ejection seat, from common beginnings into one of a world’s many worldly presence machines. It’s a story told by frequency seen archival footage and accounts from those who designed a seats and those who owe their lives to them.

Premieres Tuesday, Dec 19 during 9 PM ET/PT
CLIP: Inventing a Jet Engine Came with Few Disasters:
In only a few decades, a jet engine has modernized warfare, remade a approach people transport and do business, and might shortly change a approach we try space. Join us as we lane a history, from a initial wanton attempts to build a antecedent gas turbine engine to a Pratt and Whitney J58, that can outpace a missile. It’s a story of ingenuity, bravery, and stubborn determination, told by those who invented it, those who pull it to new limits, and those who dream of holding it to a max.

SURVIVAL IN THE SKIES is constructed by Christopher Riley of Arrow International Media Ltd. Executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are Tim Evans and David Royle.

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Major Brian Bews: Royal Canadian Air Force
Cynthia Lisa: Ex-Air Force Pilot
Chris Perry: Biomedical Engineer, United States Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Jeff Duford: Curator – National Museum of US Air Force
Richard Hallion: Aerospace Historian
Jo Lancaster: Retired RAF Test Pilot
Brian Udell: Retired US Air Force Pilot
Robert outpost der Linden: Curator National Air and Space museum
Andrew Martin, Steve David: Martin-Baker aircraft company
Ray Carter: Crew System Specialist – Royal Canadian Air Force

Maury Rosenberg: Blackbird SR-71 Pilot
Don Bulloch: Blackbird SR-71 Reconnaisance Systems
Jeremy Kinney: Curator National Air and Space Museum
Ian Whittle: Son of Frank Whittle
Voice of Frank Whittle: Inventor of a Jet Engine
Eric Brown: Jet Test pilot, Royal Navy
Richard Hallion: Aerospace Historian
Mark Drake: Senior Design Engineer, Dyson
Jeremy Kinney: Curator National Air and Space Museum
Voice of Erich Warsitz: First Jet Pilot
Jorg Chipionka: Me-262 Jet Pilot, Luftwaffe
Robert outpost der Linden: Curator National Air and Space Museum
Rick Kennedy: GE Company Historian
Don Bulloch: Blackbird SR-71 Reconnaissance Systems Officer
Fred Finn: International Businessman
Steve Landells: British Airline Pilot’s Association
Christopher Lorence: General Manager Engineering Technologies, GE Aviation
Richard Varvill: Technical Director and Chief Designer, Reaction Engines

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