Bridging The Future - Ever since he has had a ditch or a river to cross man had been building bridges. In fact the oldest bridges go back to around 4000BC. And Roman engineers threw bridges across great rivers like the Danube and the Rhine as their armies marched across Europe. Today bridge building is at the very cutting edge of technology as engineers strive to use the lightest possible materials to build longer and longer spans across estuaries and island straits. Few engineers would have believed it possible to join Europe with Asia by bridging the Bosporus, with a span of over 3500 ft, and now we have the world record Akashi Straits Bridge in Japan with a span of over 6500ft. This highly praised documentary gives us a unique view of the world through the bridge builder's eyes. 52 minutes.
Faster Than A Speeding Bullet - The quest for speed from the early aviators to dreams of aircraft of the future. This is the story of Air Speed records and the advances in technology which have contributed to the various aviation successes and failures. On the bitterly cold morning of December 17th. 1903, Orville Wright coaxed the Wright Flyer off the sands at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and launched the era of powered flight. He also launched a race that has gone on unceasingly ever since; the race for ever more speed. Thirty-five years later, at the start of World War Two, fighter aircraft were flying at around 300 miles per hour. A dozen years later Chuck Yeager doubled that speed and broke the dreaded sound barrier, in the Bell X1. By The 1970's ordinary fare paying passengers were crossing the Atlantic faster than a speeding bullet, in the Concorde. 52 minutes