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  • 6:00am

    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.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    Washington, DC

    Washington Monument at dusk

    Washington, DC, does not boast towering buildings, but its skyline still inspires awe through its history, purpose, and what happens inside its walls. Explore the Nation's Capital from above as we swoop over its monuments, memorials, historic neighborhoods, and beckoning waters. We celebrate a city of stately American symbols and turbulent history, including scandals, protests, assassinations, and battles that rocked it to its core. But through it all, D.C. has survived and thrived, proving itself a city worthy of the nation it represents.

  • 8:00am

    The Hunt for Eagle 56:

    Lost to History

    The sinking of the U.S. Navy warship Eagle 56 off the New England coast in April 1945 has long been a mystery. The Navy's official report concluded it was a mechanical failure, while others pointed to a startling killer: a Nazi U-boat hunting within sight of American shores. For the last four years, a team of civilian investigators has been trying to solve this 75-year-old whodunit. Now, aided by another amateur sleuth, they've found evidence that could finally solve this cold case and rewrite history.

  • 9:00am

    The Hunt for Eagle 56:

    The Mystery Deepens

    After the U.S. warship Eagle 56 exploded off the coast of Maine in April 1945, some of its surviving crewmembers claimed they were attacked by a Nazi U-boat. But an official Navy inquiry dismissed their account, blaming it on a boiler explosion. Because of that report, none of the crew or families received a Purple Heart. Now, a team of investigators has found a new piece of physical evidence--the bow of the sunken ship. In order to prove the official history is wrong and that 49 sailors died in combat, they need to find the rest of the ship.

  • 10:00am

    The Hunt for Eagle 56:

    History Rewritten

    After four years and countless dead ends, a team of civilian investigators has found pieces of the sunken Eagle 56, the Holy Grail of New England shipwrecks. They want to reveal their discoveries to both the Navy and the families of the warship's crew, but their case is not yet complete. They still need the last and most important piece of the wreckage: the ship's boilers. With winter quickly approaching, time is running out to find the final clue, solve the 75-year-old case, and honor the sailors who died in the disaster.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial Cities:

    Los Angeles 24

    Aerial view of downtown Los Angeles with the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance.

    Whether you're peering down on the movie studios of Hollywood, the boardwalk of Venice Beach, or the ever-active freeways that pulse through the city, there's nothing like a day in the skies over Los Angeles. Join us as we explore the hills, valleys, beaches, and bustle of the second largest metropolis in America, and see what it takes to keep it running around the clock. From sunrise over the San Gabriel Mountains to sunset off the tip of the Santa Monica Pier, celebrate the spectacular daytime and nighttime wonders of the City of Angels.

  • 12:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    No Clear Options

    Firefighter with flashlight crawling inside an inverted, crashed plane.

    On a foggy morning in Cork, Ireland, pilots of Manx2 Flight 7100 try to land their turboprop commuter plane after two aborted attempts. Without warning, the aircraft goes into a severe roll and crashes into the grass beside the runway, killing six of the 12 people aboard. Ireland's Air Accident Investigation Unit faces immediate pressure to find out why this landing went so horribly wrong. What they discover is a startling gap in aviation safety that is much more dangerous to passengers than the dense fog that morning.

  • 1:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    Osprey

    U.S. Marines exiting a V-22 Osprey. US Department of Defense / DVIDS

    The story of the U.S. Marine's V-22 Osprey is one of transformation. It can convert from helicopter to plane, and back again. But what led to its invention? And how did it survive more than two decades of political turmoil and media scrutiny? Join us as we look back on this historic tiltrotor's tumultuous history. We detail how it escaped the political chopping block, how it built its reputation in battles and on humanitarian rescue efforts, and how it ultimately transformed the landscape of military aviation forever.

  • 2:00pm

    Battle at Sea: Jutland

    A World War I naval destroyer during the Battle of Jutland.

    Off the coast of Denmark's Jutland Peninsula in 1916, a fleet battle between British and German warships left thousands dead and destroyed the reputation of British Admiral John Jellicoe. But was he really to blame for all that went wrong or was he actually part of a smear campaign? A century later, his grandson joins a scientific expedition in hopes of setting the record straight. Watch as they scan the battle zone in forensic detail, find the ships that were lost, and reveal shocking truths about WWI's largest battle at sea.

  • 3:00pm

    Alaska Aircrash Investigations:

    Trapper Creek Tragedy

    Small plane flying by a mountain and over a forest.

    After officiating his daughter's wedding, a pilot flies celebratory passes over the reception party, with tragic results. Two months earlier, a seasoned pilot crashes his plane into the river while conducting a routine post-maintenance flight. Follow the NTSB Alaska Regional Office investigations of two crashes: one which resulted in an unexplained loss of control, the other, in a surprising medical discovery. To find the cause of these accidents, they must navigate rough terrains and help the grieving families and friends learn what happened.

  • 4:00pm

    Sacred Sites:

    Nazi Myths

    In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler were convinced Aryans from the mythological land of Atlantis really existed and founded great civilizations across the world. To prove their theory, a special SS division called the Ahnenerbe was formed to carry out archaeological investigations at ancient sites. Join us as we explore the Externsteine, Buddhist temples, and other sacred sites the Nazis hijacked to justify a sinister ideology--one that would have horrific consequences for the lives of millions.

  • 5:00pm

    Secrets:

    Riddle of Petra

    The Treasury carved into the rock face at Petra.

    Over 2,000 years ago, Petra was a flourishing capital city in the Arabian Desert, but at some point, its inhabitants fled the majestic metropolis. Why they abandoned it has remained one of the great mysteries of the ancient world. But now, archaeologists have uncovered incredible new evidence that is unlocking the secrets and rewriting the history of this desert city. Join us as we examine the remarkable history of Petra, how the Nabataeans transformed it into a thriving oasis, and why and when the tribe's luck eventually ran out.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Imperfect Pitch

    Aviation equipment removed from tank by gloved hands.

    It's supposed to be a simple in-flight test for one of the world's most popular passenger planes, but something has gone terribly wrong. During one maneuver the XL Airways Germany Airbus A320 suddenly pitches up, loses lift, then crashes into the sea, killing all aboard. What happened? Did the pilots push the commercial airliner too far, or did the plane's automated computer systems somehow cause the deadly spiral? Follow investigators as they search for the wreckage and for the reasons why this high-tech aircraft failed so spectacularly.

  • 7:00pm

    Memphis Belle in Color

    In January 1942, the U.S. military created a new bomber command, the Eighth Air Force, and sent a small contingent of men overseas to loosen the Nazis' grip on Europe. The command's star player was the B-17, a fast, heavily armed aircraft that changed the course of World War II. Witness them take on the mighty German Luftwaffe over enemy skies. Discover the story of how one B-17--the Memphis Belle--and its crew lifted the spirits of a nation and became a symbol of American prowess in defense of freedom.

  • 8:00pm

    Yellowstone Supervolcano

    An image of North America showing the impact zones of the Yellowstone volcano. © ROCKET SCIENCE VFX

    Beneath the spectacular beauty of Yellowstone National Park lies a ticking time bomb...a supervolcano that's overdue for its next eruption. When that day inevitably comes, it will trigger the end of civilization as we know it. See how recent earthquake swarms and other signals of activity have put scientists on high alert for a large-scale super volcanic eruption. Then, witness the worldwide effects of this cataclysmic eruption, which experts predict will produce energy equivalent to the detonation of 1,000 nuclear bombs.

  • 9:00pm

    Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Rendering of rain falling on a lifeless Earth.

    It's death on an unimaginable scale, when a majority of Earth's species quickly die out. It's called "mass extinction," and it's happened at least five times before. Cataclysms, such as supervolcanoes or asteroids, are thought to cause these events, but some experts believe a man-made mass extinction could be next. Is our planet in trouble? And if so, is there anything we can do to stop the next catastrophic annihilation? Experts are traveling the world, performing groundbreaking scientific detective work to answer these very questions.

  • 10:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Slam Dunk

    At the end of a quick trip from Washington, D.C. to Columbus, Ohio, the captain of United Express Flight 6291 grows concerned over reports of icy rain ahead. He opts for a risky "slam dunk" landing, a maneuver where a plane descends rapidly to the runway to avoid bad weather, but something goes wrong. The plane crashes into a warehouse just a mile from the airport. The badly burned wreckage leaves little for investigators to work with, but when they examine the cockpit recording they make a stunning discovery.

  • 11:00pm

    Yellowstone Supervolcano

    An image of North America showing the impact zones of the Yellowstone volcano. © ROCKET SCIENCE VFX

    Beneath the spectacular beauty of Yellowstone National Park lies a ticking time bomb...a supervolcano that's overdue for its next eruption. When that day inevitably comes, it will trigger the end of civilization as we know it. See how recent earthquake swarms and other signals of activity have put scientists on high alert for a large-scale super volcanic eruption. Then, witness the worldwide effects of this cataclysmic eruption, which experts predict will produce energy equivalent to the detonation of 1,000 nuclear bombs.

  • 12:00am

    Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Rendering of rain falling on a lifeless Earth.

    It's death on an unimaginable scale, when a majority of Earth's species quickly die out. It's called "mass extinction," and it's happened at least five times before. Cataclysms, such as supervolcanoes or asteroids, are thought to cause these events, but some experts believe a man-made mass extinction could be next. Is our planet in trouble? And if so, is there anything we can do to stop the next catastrophic annihilation? Experts are traveling the world, performing groundbreaking scientific detective work to answer these very questions.

  • 1:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Slam Dunk

    At the end of a quick trip from Washington, D.C. to Columbus, Ohio, the captain of United Express Flight 6291 grows concerned over reports of icy rain ahead. He opts for a risky "slam dunk" landing, a maneuver where a plane descends rapidly to the runway to avoid bad weather, but something goes wrong. The plane crashes into a warehouse just a mile from the airport. The badly burned wreckage leaves little for investigators to work with, but when they examine the cockpit recording they make a stunning discovery.

  • 2:00am

    Stranded: Alpine Air Crash

    Passengers and crew stranded in Swiss alps

    In November 19, 1946, a U.S. military transport plane goes out of control while flying over the Swiss Alps and crashes high in the mountains. Miraculously, all 12 passengers and crew survive the accident, but their safety is anything but assured. The aircraft has flown miles off course, and its position is unknown. Food supplies are low, the temperature is dropping, and their radio battery is running out of juice. Time is quickly running out. The fate of the survivors will depend on one man, one plane, and one inspired idea.

  • 3:00am

    Volcanoes: Dual Destruction

    Demian Barrios

    In 2018, two volcanoes unleashed terror on their communities, but in very different ways. Fuego, the Volcano of Fire in Guatemala, sent boiling clouds of gas, ash, and rock down the volcano's slopes and into villages, killing hundreds. In Hawaii, Kilauea spewed out over four billion cubic feet of lava, razing estates, destroying roads, and changing the landscape. Using the latest scientific evidence, we explore what made the eruptions unique, why they were so hard to predict, and whether or not these two catastrophes were somehow connected.

  • 4:00am

    Nightmare on Everest

    Mountain climbers dwarfed by Mount Everest's peaks.

    What should have been the trip of a lifetime soon turned into a nightmare that would claim the lives of thousands and leave survivors trapped in the remote corners of the Himalayas. Join us as we look at the massive 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal and shook the world. We reveal remarkable stories of survival, from the Kathmandu Valley to Mount Everest. We also detail the split-second decisions that resulted in life or death, presented in the words of those who were there and through footage recorded before, during, and after the tragedy.

  • 5:00am

    Epic Yellowstone:

    Down the River Wild

    Yellowstone River is the longest undammed river in the contiguous 48 states, flowing with a wildness that is both violent and vital to the creatures that are drawn to its banks. From Yellowstone Lake, North America's largest high-elevation body of water, to the Missouri River, follow its nearly 700-mile journey over falls and through canyons into America's heartland. See how Yellowstone's bison, otters, coyotes, and thrill-seekers adapt to--and thrive in--these wild, untamed waters.

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