Does anybody watch that show Dogfights on History Television in Canada and the History Channel in the US? For those of you who have not seen it i suggest you check it out. They use cgi to recreate dogfights from World War I to modern day i believe.
I watched an episode for the first time last night and it was pretty entertaining. The focus was on bombers that were forced into a the roll of a fighter and managed to beat the odds and come out on top. It covered the dogfights of a SBD vs. three Zeros, an up-gunned B-17 vs. seventeen Zeros, and a Thunderchief vs. three MiG-17s.
Suffice to say if you love fighter planes, history and or an hour of actually entertaining television check it out!
Yes, great series! Anyone who's not watching this is missing out. The episodes on the Midway attack were incredible. And the episode on the air attack of the Yamato was just as good. They go through all the moves and strategies of the dogfight itself, and explain the strengths and weaknesses of all the aircraft involved. And how the pilots are using them to full advantage in the dogfight. Plus they have interviews of some of the pilots who talk about what it was like and how the bullets were whizzing past and rattling their ships when they hit. All these cgi recreations are done of famous scenerios that they use to teach pilots combat strategy in flight school. Most of the shows have been on planes that were disadvantaged. Yet through superior pilot skill they still won, and a step by step explanation of how using CGI. For instance last nights episode had 1 torpedo bomber vs 3 zeros, and the Dauntless won. He used his wingtip to slice the wing of the last zero in a head-on pass, talk about balls! It was extremely interesting. If you're into flight combat, this is the show for you.
This show does pwn, and I loved the one with the SBD and the Zero's.
Yeah I saw only the one about the Super Sabers(I don't really know) vs. Mig.21s and 17s. Very nice graphics as well as information.
The 2 hour special on Kamikazes (German and Japanese) was amazing, even had the ohka.
I love the series. The cg is incredibly good.
As far as the series focusing on famous encounters, that is so for Vietnam and some of the Korea fights, but not the WWII fights. Apparently the format calls for the American pilot to appear on the show. That means that some of the WWII fights they have chosen were not really all that memorable - it's just that the pilots were still alive to be interviewed. It doesn't matter to me if the pilot himself happens to still be with us - I would also like to see, say, David McCampbell's amazing 7-kill and 9-kill sorties. There are plenty of air war historians who can fill in the details.
Love it. The CGI has greatly improved with the season that just started. I agree with Jum that they should focus more internationally. Say the Arab-Isreali conflicts or the Eastern front of WWII, becuase you don't hear alot of stories out of there. The one thing I don't like is that most episodes seem like a 30 minute show streched into an hour.
The serie about vietnam air war was really interresting because it is really a forgotten part of this war.
I watched them on youtube unfortunately the account of the uploader has been removed ( the guy has uploaded a lot of series like that about ww2 etc ...)
I remember the part ww2 of the american vietnam war ace. He flew on a p38 lightning and attacked a big formation of bf109 in the back before loosing control of his airplanes during a dive.
Good series ! if someone know an other way to watch them ...
Order the DVDs perhaps? And thanks Krink