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Top Gun Over Moscow (#2315)

This episode takes viewers inside the Russian air force. Since the end of the Cold War, outsiders have been allowed greater access to the formidable fleet of planes and pilots assigned to protect Russian skies. The program examines the history of Russian combat flight from World War I to the Korean War, and examines the Russians' philosophy of air combat and training. They build their planes to be sturdy and combat-ready. The pilots rely on older, less complex navigation and weapon systems and their training focuses on the dogfight -- the old fashioned, plane-to-plane style of combat. The program also points out how funding shortages curtail pilot training and create new dangers in the post-Cold War environment. Russians have sold planes and weapons to many countries, including China, and also help to train other nations' pilots in order to fund their own programs. In addition, the Russian air force has found a new revenue source: thrill-seeking westerners who pay $15,000 to fly on a high-performance Sukhoi 27. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
440 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
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