Dogfights

About the show

Simulation technology, computer-generated effects and rare archival footage interact in vivid re-creations of vintage aerial wartime dogfights.

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Upcoming episodes

Sep 22nd
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Last Gunfighter , The

The U.S. Navy’s top fighter, the F8 Crusader flown by skilled fighter jocks Paul Speer and Phil Wood, tackles the fierce North Vietnamese MiG over the killing skies of Vietnam. Re-live one of the longest, gut- wrenching dogfights on record as Lt. Commander Richard Schaffert – out of missiles and with his guns jammed - takes on a lethal MiG -17 and the best enemy pilot he’s ever faced. He’s got one chance – the amazing capabilities of the F8 Crusader, “the last gunfighter.”
Sep 22nd
1100a

Zero Killer , The

1943… the skies over the Pacific. The infamous Japanese Zero is decimating American aircraft. No allied plane can match Japan's deadliest fighter plane manned by skilled Imperial Navy veterans. The American Navy rushes to deploy a new fighter to take on the unstoppable Zero…the F6F Hellcat. The Zero has met its match. Now, you're in the cockpit with legendary dogfighters Robert Duncan, Hamilton McWhorter and Alex Vraciu... their epic dogfights blazing a new chapter in the annals of aerial warfare.
Sep 22nd
1200p

Death Of The Japanese Navy

1944 – the Pacific. It's one of the most amazing, lopsided naval battles in history: A mighty Japanese fleet led by the Yamato, the biggest battleship in the world -versus Taffy 3, a small U.S. task unit of tin can destroyers and baby flat-tops... ships too weak to fight and too slow to run. David battles Goliath in a fight for survival – with the lives of thousands of American soldiers in the balance.
Sep 29th
1000a

Hell Over Hanoi

The skies over Vietnam. They fight in a supersonic world, where split second decisions determine if they live - or die. American F4 Phantom pilots Fred Olmsted and Dan Cherry take on the famed MiG-21 - the most feared threat in the sky. And one American, Steve Ritchie, becomes a dog fighting legend as an Air Force Ace. You’re in the cockpit with some of the fiercest dogfighting ever seen in Vietnam!
Sep 29th
1100a

Hunt For The BismarcK

May, 1941 - the most powerful warship on earth breaks out into the North Atlantic. The lethal German battleship Bismarck wields enough firepower to single-handedly crush vital British convoys! The British unleash every weapon in their arsenal to hunt down this Nazi terror… and pound her into oblivion. Now, re-live the fury of the battleship’s big guns… fly with Swordfish torpedo-bomber pilots desperately trying to stop her… and join the greatest sea chase in history… Re-live THE HUNT FOR THE BISMARCK… on this special edition of… DOGFIGHTS!
Sep 29th
1200p

Dogfights Of The Middle East

The sound of jet combat reverberates above the tombs of the Pharaohs as the small Israeli Air Force delivers a knock out punch to the Egyptians in the 1967 Six Day War. Fly in the Mirage III with the IAF's first jet ace Giora Romm as he chases down two MIG-17s over the Suez Canal at dusk. Be in the cockpit with 119 Squadron Commander and ace Ran Ronen as he flies into hostile Jordan for a top secret rendezvous–– arranged by the Israeli Mossad, and later as he speeds deep into enemy territory for a bombing mission that ends up as a swirling dogfight directly over the Egyptian base. Witness the first combat engagement of the McDonnell Douglas F-15, and how Major Moshe Melnik draws first blood for the Eagle in the skies over Lebanon in 1979. Learn how the Israeli Air Force of today hones its capabilities with cutting edge technology that makes it the most feared opposition in the sky.
Oct 6th
1000a

Long Odds

Bomber’s vs. Fighters face off in three of the most intense dogfights in history! Courageous bomber pilots from World War II and Vietnam challenge deadly foes…against incredible odds! Using state of the art computer animation, you’re in the cockpit with legendary WW2 Navy ace Swede” Vejtasa’s SBD dive bomber as he fights off 8 lethal Japanese Zeroes... WW2 medal of honor winner Jay Zeamer and his crew pit their slow B-17 bomber against 17 Japanese fighters in a 45 minute battle for survival... and soar with Air Force Lt. Col. Leo Thorsness as his F-105 Thunderchief takes on a flight of skilled MiG-17’s in the skies over Vietnam!
Oct 6th
1100a

Jet Vs. Jet

In the skies above North Korea, a new kind of air war is raging at 500mph...jet vs. jet dogfighting for the first time in history. American pilots bravely pit their F-86 Sabres against Communist MiG-15s. They will re-define air combat in pursuit of a previously unknown glory...the title of "Jet Ace." Their missions are fraught with peril. The new jet aircraft fly at nearly twice the speed of the piston-driven fighters of WWII. At edge of the speed of sound, life or death is decided in fractions of a second and tactics have to evolve quickly to meet the break-neck pace of jet combat. On May 20, 1950, Capt. James Jaraba rushes headlong into combat despite a malfunctioning jet. He claims his fifth and sixth victories in the resulting dogfight, becoming the first American ace of the jet age.
Oct 6th
1200p

Thunderbolt

Machine gun fire rips through the fuselage. Flames fill the cockpit and the aircraft plummets in a wild spin. But time and again the pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt pulls out and keeps on fighting. Over occupied Europe, the P-47 Thunderbolt blazed a reputation as the most rugged fighter of WWII. Pilot Robert S. Johnson flies with the renowned 56th fighter group. His flight is jumped by 16 deadly Focke-Wulf 190s. As hundreds of enemy rounds impact his fighter, Johnson's life depends on the legendary protection his armored cockpit affords. In June 1944, Lt. George Sutcliffe enters the fight of his life in an effort to escape 40-plus Me109s looming above him. The Thunderbolt's defensive capabilities inspired confidence in its pilots. But the aircraft was a dogfighter at heart.
Oct 13th
1000a

Desert Aces

Giora Epstein, Israel’s Ace of Aces, leads a four ship of Nesher aircraft towards the Suez Canal. His flight is snared in a lethal trap - 20 MiG-21s spring up from below. A swirling furball develops in one of the biggest delta-wing combats in history.