Item Details

Flying High [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Fascinated by flight? In this episode of the PBS Scientific American Frontiers series, host Alan Alda takes the viewer on a captivating journey through the world of aviation. From the evolution of flight in primitive insects to the latest in high-tech aircrafts, Flying High explores the flight secrets of birds, insects, and airplanes. This program features individual stories of avionic ingenuity and our natural world, such as: how birds fly; the test-flight of a solar-powered "eternal plane"; an evolutionary probe into how insects first took flight and how airline pilots cope with increasingly computerized navigation equipment. Lastly, it offers a rare view of a contest between aerial robots as they navigate, fly, and perform tasks...without guidance.
Release Date
1996
Run Time
60 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand
6 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Scientific American frontiers (Television program)
Series
PBS Scientific American Frontier Series
Contents
  • Introduction: Flying High (0:46)
  • Sponsors: Flying High (0:37)
  • The Eternal Wing (1:49)
  • Newsreel of Flying Wing (0:52)
  • Flying Wing Design (0:57)
  • Inventor Paul McReady (1:18)
  • Perpetual Airplane (3:29)
  • Pathfinder Breaks Altitude Record (2:56)
  • Taking to the Air (2:50)
  • Taking to the Air: Stoneflies (3:17)
  • Taking to the Air: Darwin's Evolution (2:02)
  • Cockpit Confusion (3:04)
  • Cockpit Confusion: Mode Confusion Tragedy (4:07)
  • Cockpit Confusion: Understanding the Vertical Situation (4:13)
  • Bird Man: Magpie Flight (2:54)
  • Bird Man: How Birds Turn (2:41)
  • Bird Man: Technology & Flight (4:04)
  • RoboFlyers (5:37)
  • RoboFlyers: Stanford University's Entry (6:05)
  • RoboFlyers: What's Next? (1:16)
  • Credits & Sponsors: Flying High (1:16)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c1996.
Publisher no.
44061 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
Technical Details
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