Smithsonian, Arrow team for “Planes That Changed the World”

U.S. cable network Smithsonian Channel and UK indie Arrow Media are teaming up to produce Planes That Changed the World (pictured), a three-part series about pivotal aircraft designs.
October 9, 2014

U.S. cable network Smithsonian Channel and UK indie Arrow Media are to coproduce Planes That Changed the World (pictured).

Due to air in 2015, the three x 60-minute series recounts the stories behind three pivotal aircraft – the twin-engine DC3, the SR71 Blackbird and the Airbus A380 Superjumbo – using a mix of archival footage, CGI and re-enactments, as well as resources from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The DC3 was built in 1933 and played a crucial role in the D-day landings of 1944, while the SR71 was constructed in 1950 and could outrun a surface to air missile. The A380, built in the 1990s, was a double-decker plane.

Exec Producers on Planes That Changed the World areĀ Tom Brisley and Ali Turner for Arrow Media, andĀ Charles Poe for Smithsonian Channel.

Distributor TCB Media Rights will sell the program at MIPCOM and has pre-sold it to Discovery Quest in the UK, RMC Decouverte in France, SBS Australia and N24 in Germany.

Arrow Media and Smithsonian have previously teamed up on aviation projects such as 747: The Jumbo Revolution.

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