I've been watching these documentaries lately, basically the entire history of Russian/Soviet aviation, complete with not so great translation and heavily accented Russian narator!
I'm really enjoying them, the footage especially is hugely interesting for me and hearing the story of Russian aviation from the horse's mouth, so to speak. Some of the commentary is shall we say, rather biased towards Russia (I had a sly grin when they talked about how impressed the Western engineers were when they got their hands on Belenko's MiG-25, and it contradicts itself when the narrator concedes that the F-86 was a better combat fighter than the MiG-15 but then goes on to state the MiG-15 was the world's best fighter, surpsisingly they make mention of the Allied Lend-Lease fighters, as well as how the Soviets used British jet engines to get off the starting blocks... I don't think I've ever seen an American documentary that acknowledged the British contribution to American jet engine development), but then again after watching Discovery and History channel documentaries for years I'm used to watching stuff that's heavily biased towards America and the American version of aviation history.
I became interested in Russian/Soviet aviation after getting heavily into Su-27 Flanker (remember that sim?) back in the day. So far this series is filling in lots of gaps in my knowledge.
I just wish somebody would do a similar series telling the story of British aviation.
Right now I've watched the first four episodes on fighters and skipped ahead to the later episode on Cold War bombers. I'll be watching the rest as I get the time...
<- Before anyone says yes I know it's a British soldier and a Rapier missile system!
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I found a really good series about Aeroflot on Youtube. I don't want to derail your thread, but if you search for "Airplaneski" it will turn up.
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#3935339 - 04/06/1408:40 PMRe: Very Good Soviet Aviation Documentary Series On Youtube
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Some docus covering the Canadian Army in Afghansitan:
Some Wehrmacht and Panzer stuff:
Some WW2 submarine docu:
Wings of the Luftwaffe Series:
Wings of the Red Star series:
Battleships - over 3 hours long!
Some WW2 Allied fighters:
<- This one looks especially good and covers an often forgotten fighter!
If anyone wants to link some documentaries of Allied bombers or attack aircraft please do so!
Battle of Britain:
Some Falklands Documentaries:
History of the Arab Israeli Wars - looks pretty good:
Soviets in Afghanistan:
Relatively new documentary about the Royal Marines:
Some Tornado stuff:
And some Eurofighter Typhoon stuff:
<- more of a promo video but good footage
Can't seem to find any more modern documentaries on the Jaguar or RAF Harrier/RN Sea Harrier... if anybody knows of any please post them!
I've got a soft spot for the Su-27:
Russian docu on the Sukhoi T-50:
A selection of pretty interesting period American stuff, great footage:
Come on guys, it only takes a couple of minutes to hit Youtube and post here some good videos of interesting stuff... We can turn this thread into a one stop shop for something interesting to watch when you're sick of the rubbish that's on modern TV!
A couple of interviews with Captain Eric Brown RN. This guy had a truy remarkable career... he's flown 487 different types (more than any other pilot in history), has 2,407 carrier traps (more than any other pilot), was the first pilot to land a jet on an aircraft carrier, and if it wasn't for the interference of the politicians quite probably would have beaten Chuck Yeager through the sound barrier.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_flown_by_Eric_%22Winkle%22_Brown <- This is a list of all the aircraft he has flown. Amazing.
I highly recommend reading his memoirs "Wings On My Sleeve".