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  • 6:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    Nolinor 737

    She's the "Workhorse of the North," powering through the vast Arctic region, where conditions can turn deadly in seconds. Nolinor Aviation's 737-200 C is a combination cargo and passenger aircraft, delivering essential food, equipment, and workers to Meadowbank, the coldest mine on Earth. The gold mine depends on this super hauler four times a week, but common temperatures of minus 50 degrees often wreak havoc on the aircraft and her missions. Follow her on a typical job, which poses challenges that are anything but routine.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    North Carolina

    Bridge to the Outer Banks of North Carolina

    North Carolina is home to mysteries, giant industries, and coastal beauty. It's where gold was first found in America, and where an entire colony of settlers vanished. A state where golf rules the land, NASCAR rules the road, and college basketball holds court over them all. It's where tobacco became king after the cotton industry went up in smoke, and where a 12-second flight sent shockwaves around the world. Experience the history of the Tar Heel State.

  • 8:00am

    UFOs Declassified:

    Pilot Eyewitness

    Each year, there are millions of commercial flights around the world, and thousands of aircraft in the sky at any given moment. With that many eyes in the skies, it's little wonder that some of the most stunning UFO sightings have been reported by airline pilots. Relive three of the most riveting encounters, which took place over Alaska, New Mexico, and the English Channel. Join us as we open up recently declassified government files and talk to eyewitnesses in an attempt to explain the seemingly unexplainable.

  • 9:00am

    UFOs Declassified:

    Locked On

    Secret Soviet spy planes? Radar hoaxes? Ball lightning? Or something from another world? Several military pilots have encountered unknown phenomena while on duty, especially during the heat of the Cold War. Some actually tried engaging the objects in combat. But were any of them bona fide alien aircraft? By examining decades of recently opened government UFO investigations, and interviewing leading experts and pilots who lived through the sightings, we attempt to separate the explainable from the extraterrestrial.

  • 10:00am

    Aerial America:

    Nevada

    Las Vegas at night, showing imitation Eiffel Tower

    Nevada is known as a Wild West state that's still a little wild, but there's more to this ancient desert land than the City of Sin. This aerial tour highlights Nevada's vital role in the shaping of America, from the mines and ghost towns of its gold and silver rush, to its icon of American ingenuity: the Hoover Dam. Discover the highs and lows of Nevada's history, and the booms and busts that have defined it as the land of big builders and bigger dreamers.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    Arizona

    Large and small United States Air Force planes, parked neatly

    The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, but it's just one of many breathtaking marvels you'll find in Arizona. Explore the Copper State's remarkable history and its awe-inspiring landscapes, spectacular sunsets and infamous gunfights. From Tombstone to tent jails, from the Valley of the Sun to lost cities of gold, this aerial tour celebrates and studies a colorful state filled with equally colorful characters.

  • 12:00pm

    Aerial America:

    California

    Stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway

    The Pacific Coast Highway of California offers spectacular views while traveling along the edge of American culture. Buckle up for a non-stop flight over the mansion William Randolph Hearst built, the town Clint Eastwood governed and the farmland where Marilyn Monroe once held the title of Miss Artichoke. We soar over beaches and wine country, across Big Sur redwoods, under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the heart and soul of this magnificent state.

  • 1:00pm

    Secrets:

    Plagues of Egypt

    It's one of the greatest and strangest stories ever told, the biblical tale of God unleashing 10 plagues on Egypt until its pharaoh released his Hebrew slaves. Scholars have categorized this as a parable, but now, new evidence found in the ruins of an ancient Egyptian temple suggests that an apocalyptic natural disaster rocked the world 3,500 years ago and may be the true cause of the ten plagues. If the experts are right, our understanding of the Bible, and 3,500 years of Egyptian history, will change forever.

  • 2:00pm

    Lost City of Gladiators

    © Interspot Film

    A great metropolis has been discovered, buried beneath the pastures of the Danube. Archaeologists claim that the lost city of Carnuntum was a place where men trained, fought, and died as gladiators. Through excavations and high-tech research using ultra-high resolution cameras and scanners, we reconstruct this ancient civilization from the Roman Empire. See what life was like 2,000 years ago, in this megacity and in the arenas, where slaves, prisoners, and volunteers fought to the death before roaring crowds.

  • 3:00pm

    The Roman Invasion of Britain:

    Onslaught

    Roman soldiers with full armor and short swords, some with spears

    The Romans came to Britain and conquered it, ruling the island for centuries. But why did they come and how did they succeed in the face of the inhabitants' ferocious resistance? Go back in time to see how they inspired shock and awe. Host Bettany Hughes analyzes the motives and actions of Roman emperors and generals, and of their opponents like Caratacus, a warrior from southeast England who became a hero to the Britons.

  • 4:00pm

    The Roman Invasion of Britain:

    Revolt

    Roman Senator in purple toga, putting on laurel leaf crown

    Under Roman rule, Britain became a civilized nation. Roads were built, governments were formed, and the land's bountiful resources of minerals, grain, and timber were harvested. But as Rome's profits grew off its exploitation of the land, so too did resistance from North Wales and other areas of Britain. Using the latest archaeological and scientific research, combined with spectacular war re-enactments, we examine this turning point in the occupation, as a rising British rebellion forced Rome to spread out its already diluted armada.

  • 5:00pm

    The Roman Invasion of Britain:

    Dominion

    Close up of Roman soldier wearing helmet

    Once considered a mere nuisance, Scottish barbarians and opposition tribes were growing in numbers. Rome's centuries-long hold on Britain was quickly slipping from its weakening grasp. Its diluted army could no longer fight off the enemy, which cost them dearly, not only in military loss, but also in trade and business. Witness the beginning of the end of the Great Empire as we reconstruct some of the opposition's most daring raids, and discover why the Romans were unable to muster the energy to save themselves and their reign over Britannia.

  • 6:00pm

    Sacred Sites:

    Templars

    Fans of "The Da Vinci Code" know the Knights Templar as a secret society, but the story of their tumultuous two centuries in power is more shocking and scandalous than any Hollywood movie. Follow our team of experts as they go to Jerusalem's Temple Mount, the most bitterly contested sacred site in the world. With the help of DNA tests and a remarkable discovery in the Vatican archives, we reveal the truth about the knights' rise into the world's most powerful military religious order to their spectacular and sudden fall from grace.

  • 7:00pm

    Mighty Ships:

    North Sea Giant

    When it comes to offshore construction projects, nothing matches Norway's North Sea Giant. Her specialty is installing massive components for oil and gas facilities on the ocean floor, aided by a specialized crane system. She will put that crane, and every one of her advanced technologies, to the test on her next mission: a factory build 984 feet below the surface of the Norwegian Sea. It's a project the world has never seen before, billions of dollars are on the line, and everyone's counting on North Sea Giant to get it done.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Mistaken Identity

    A passing civilian airliner or an attacking Iranian fighter jet? That is the question facing Capt. Rogers after his Navy cruiser, stationed in the Persian Gulf, picks up the track of an incoming plane. All attempts to contact the aircraft are unsuccessful. The rules of engagement are clear: anything approaching their vessel is to be considered a threat. But what if it's a friend and not a foe? Witness the crew's intense seven-minute race for answers, the decision they're forced to make, and the major impact it will have on the world.

  • 9:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    KC-135 Stratotanker

    Quite simply, the KC-135 Stratotanker is the backbone of American air power. This aerial refueler has allowed America's military aircraft to reach across the globe for the past 60 years, carrying up to 200,000 pounds of fuel with a transfer rate of 1,000 gallons per minute. Join us as we celebrate an aircraft that's always on call, always ready to adapt to unexpected situations, and always carrying enough fuel to feed thirsty U.S. fighter jets and keep them flying around the clock.

  • 10:00pm

    America's Secret Space Heroes:

    Lunar Module

    NASA

    It's July 20, 1969. Four days after Apollo 11 thundered skyward from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to set foot upon the moon, thanks to a marvel of engineering: the lunar module. It's the culmination of years of toil and millions of man-hours of engineering prowess. This is the story of the unsung heroes who built the unconventional flying machines that carried 12 Americans to the moon on six separate missions and made the dream of a generation come true.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Mistaken Identity

    A passing civilian airliner or an attacking Iranian fighter jet? That is the question facing Capt. Rogers after his Navy cruiser, stationed in the Persian Gulf, picks up the track of an incoming plane. All attempts to contact the aircraft are unsuccessful. The rules of engagement are clear: anything approaching their vessel is to be considered a threat. But what if it's a friend and not a foe? Witness the crew's intense seven-minute race for answers, the decision they're forced to make, and the major impact it will have on the world.

  • 12:00am

    Air Warriors:

    KC-135 Stratotanker

    Quite simply, the KC-135 Stratotanker is the backbone of American air power. This aerial refueler has allowed America's military aircraft to reach across the globe for the past 60 years, carrying up to 200,000 pounds of fuel with a transfer rate of 1,000 gallons per minute. Join us as we celebrate an aircraft that's always on call, always ready to adapt to unexpected situations, and always carrying enough fuel to feed thirsty U.S. fighter jets and keep them flying around the clock.

  • 1:00am

    America's Secret Space Heroes:

    Lunar Module

    NASA

    It's July 20, 1969. Four days after Apollo 11 thundered skyward from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to set foot upon the moon, thanks to a marvel of engineering: the lunar module. It's the culmination of years of toil and millions of man-hours of engineering prowess. This is the story of the unsung heroes who built the unconventional flying machines that carried 12 Americans to the moon on six separate missions and made the dream of a generation come true.

  • 2:00am

    Secrets:

    Plagues of Egypt

    It's one of the greatest and strangest stories ever told, the biblical tale of God unleashing 10 plagues on Egypt until its pharaoh released his Hebrew slaves. Scholars have categorized this as a parable, but now, new evidence found in the ruins of an ancient Egyptian temple suggests that an apocalyptic natural disaster rocked the world 3,500 years ago and may be the true cause of the ten plagues. If the experts are right, our understanding of the Bible, and 3,500 years of Egyptian history, will change forever.

  • 3:00am

    The Roman Invasion of Britain:

    Onslaught

    Roman soldiers with full armor and short swords, some with spears

    The Romans came to Britain and conquered it, ruling the island for centuries. But why did they come and how did they succeed in the face of the inhabitants' ferocious resistance? Go back in time to see how they inspired shock and awe. Host Bettany Hughes analyzes the motives and actions of Roman emperors and generals, and of their opponents like Caratacus, a warrior from southeast England who became a hero to the Britons.

  • 4:00am

    The Roman Invasion of Britain:

    Revolt

    Roman Senator in purple toga, putting on laurel leaf crown

    Under Roman rule, Britain became a civilized nation. Roads were built, governments were formed, and the land's bountiful resources of minerals, grain, and timber were harvested. But as Rome's profits grew off its exploitation of the land, so too did resistance from North Wales and other areas of Britain. Using the latest archaeological and scientific research, combined with spectacular war re-enactments, we examine this turning point in the occupation, as a rising British rebellion forced Rome to spread out its already diluted armada.

  • 5:00am

    The Roman Invasion of Britain:

    Dominion

    Close up of Roman soldier wearing helmet

    Once considered a mere nuisance, Scottish barbarians and opposition tribes were growing in numbers. Rome's centuries-long hold on Britain was quickly slipping from its weakening grasp. Its diluted army could no longer fight off the enemy, which cost them dearly, not only in military loss, but also in trade and business. Witness the beginning of the end of the Great Empire as we reconstruct some of the opposition's most daring raids, and discover why the Romans were unable to muster the energy to save themselves and their reign over Britannia.