NOVA: Battle of the X-Planes DVD

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Item #: WB8792
NOVA visits the world's two largest aerospace companies to eavesdrop on classified meetings, fly revolutionary planes, and examine the rivalry between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to build the most capable and versatile fighter ever--the Joint Strike Fighter. Filmed over four years, this film reveals the breakthrough designs, heartbreaking setbacks, adrenaline-fueled test flights, and the winner of the most lucrative contract ... More
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NOVA visits the world's two largest aerospace companies to eavesdrop on classified meetings, fly revolutionary planes, and examine the rivalry between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to build the most capable and versatile fighter ever--the Joint Strike Fighter. Filmed over four years, this film reveals the breakthrough designs, heartbreaking setbacks, adrenaline-fueled test flights, and the winner of the most lucrative contract in military history.

Bonus video footage of Lockheed fighters
A visit to a "graveyard" for old military planes
Materials and activities for educators
Outfitting a fighter pilot activity
Designing a stealth plane
Described video for the visually impaired.

Producer: Michael Jorgensen
Executive Producer: Paula S. Apsell
Production Year: 2003
Copyright Year: 2003
Rating: TV-G
Director: Michael Jorgensen
Narrator: Liev Schreiber
Writers: Michael Jorgensen, Neil Thomas
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 120 minutes
DVI: Y
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 Letterbox

"Battle of the X-Planes expertly portrays the highs and lows of this winner-take-all competition. . . . [P]lenty to make the aviation enthusiast drool, including dramatic first flights and white-knuckle hovering efforts." -  Popular Science 

"NOVA received insider access to all the right people with all the right stuff . . . Every taxpayer in America can benefit from spending two hours watching Battle of the X-Planes. " - The New York Times

". . . NOVA turns a duel between corporate engineers into unflaggingly compelling TV, full of fascinating detail . . ." - Chicago Tribune

". . . exciting!" - Dallas Morning News

". . . a fascinating two hours." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Battle of the X-Planes is by any measure a unique piece of filmmaking . . -St. Paul Pioneer Press

". . . the contest to build the experimental aircraft known as the Joint Strike Fighter, a story wonderfully chronicled in this nail-biting, suspense-filled episode of NOVA. . . . Highly recommended.  Editor's Choice." - Video Librarian