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  • 6:00am

    Inside Buckingham Palace:

    Royal Secrets

    Abandoned by Queen Victoria after her husband's death. Reinvented as the perfect royal stage by King Edward VII. Occupied by King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth while being bombed by the Nazis. The history of Buckingham Palace in the decades before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is full of drama and surprising secrets, many of which nearly derailed the British monarchy. Join us as we reveal the scandals and tragedies of Buckingham Palace and meet the kings and queens who shaped its unique history.

  • 7:00am

    The Queen at 90

    Queen Elizabeth II has reigned longer, visited more places, and met more people than any British monarch. Now she's marking a milestone of a more personal kind, Her Majesty's 90th birthday. "Downton Abbey" star Elizabeth McGovern narrates this unprecedented look into the life of perhaps the most famous woman in the world. We look back on her remarkable 63-year rule, and gain intimate insights from Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and other members of the Royal Family.

  • 9:00am

    Aerial America:

    Alaska's Fire and Ice

    Small plane soaring over Alaska's mountains

    It's twice the size of Texas, features 16 of the 20 tallest mountains in the nation and is home to the biggest earthquake of the 20th century. Everything about Alaska is larger, tougher, and more extreme than any other state. This breathtaking two-part journey soars over its one-half million square miles of winter wonderland and shows why countless adventurers have come to the 49th State over the centuries in search of gold, silver, mountain-peak views, dog-sledding glory, and more.

  • 10:00am

    Aerial America:


    Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone

    Soar over Wyoming and explore the fertile landscapes that first lured men like Jim Bridger out West in search of furs and game. Then visit the Cowboy State's famous towns and landmarks, from Jackson Hole to the Teton Mountains, and from the Sheridan Rodeo to the Continental Divide. Delve into its controversial past, including a shocking hate crime, a notorious mining operation, and a 19th-Century fight for women's rights that continues to inspire today.

  • 11:00am

    America's National Parks at 100

    The National Park Service has been active for over a century preserving and protecting over 400 units across America, from the wild and natural to the man-made and historic. Take a tour through iconic Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and discover smaller, hidden treasures throughout the country as we explore the agency's evolution over the last century. Through rarely seen footage and stunning aerial views, we celebrate the sites and stories of the national landmarks that reflect our country's past, present, and future.

  • 12:00pm

    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.

  • 1:00pm

    Yellowstone Supervolcano


    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.

  • 2:00pm

    Nepal Quake: Terror On Everest

    Kat Heldman

    A massive earthquake rocks Nepal on April 25, 2015. In Kathmandu, centuries of culture are destroyed. In Langtang, an entire village is wiped out of existence. On Mount Everest, base camps and climbers are buried in a tsunami of ice. Thousands are dead, untold numbers are injured, and half a million homes are lost. Witness it firsthand, through personal footage and accounts of the survivors. Then discover the science behind this deadly force, and what, if anything, can be done to prevent such a disaster from happening again.

  • 3:00pm

    Asian Tsunami: The Deadliest Wave

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    It's the deadliest tsunami on record, causing 230,000 deaths and $15 billion in damages. Triggered by a massive undersea quake off the coast of Indonesia, the 2004 Asian tsunami pounded Indian Ocean coastlines with waves up to 100 feet high, catching victims and the world's leading scientists by storm. Are we better prepared for the next big one? Where will the next one hit? See how early warning systems are currently being developed and meet the lucky few who survived this epic disaster.

  • 4:00pm

    Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    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 manmade 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.

  • 5:00pm

    The Weapon Hunter:

    Vietnam Road Warrior

    Gun trucks played a vital role in the Vietnam War, escorting supply convoys through regions most likely to come under attack. As critical as these armor-plated giants were, few people know about these amazing vehicles and the people that operated them. Join host Paul Shull as he heads to Rogersville, Tennessee, to help Vietnam vet Sammy Seay rebuild a gun truck nicknamed the "Proud American." Sammy puts the truck, and Paul, to the test, in a staged ambush that will reveal just how tough the machines were, as well as the men who rode them.

  • 6:00pm

    The Weapon Hunter:

    Big Bad B-25

    The B-25 bomber was a deadly Swiss Army knife in the sky, built to strike in a variety of ways, with up to 13 .50-caliber machine guns and a payload of up to 3,000 pounds of bombs. Host Paul Shull is helping the United States Commemorative Air Force in the restoration of the only B-25 left in the world, but in order to complete the task he must find a critical missing part. Follow him as he attempts to locate a rare Norden bombsight before taking to sky to learn how to drop a bomb just like a WWII bombardier.

  • 7:00pm

    The Weapon Hunter:

    World's Fastest Weapon

    Host Paul Shull is on a mission to fix and fire an electric minigun from the Vietnam War, a six-barreled behemoth that could fire up to an astonishing 6,000 rounds per minute. It's the fastest machine gun ever to see action, but piecing this vintage weapon back together is going more slowly than planned. Join Paul as he tracks down the missing parts he needs to complete the rebuild while investigating the evolution of the machine gun. Then buckle up as he goes airborne to test his refurbished minigun in a vintage AH-6 attack chopper.

  • 8:00pm

    The Weapon Hunter:

    Pearl Harbor Payback

    After suffering through one of the greatest military attacks in modern U.S. history, America rose from the ashes of Pearl Harbor and fought their way to victory. Perhaps no weapon helped turn the tide in the Pacific theater greater than the 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannon. Join host Paul Shull as he tracks down two critical parts that will resurrect one of these devastating weapons to full working order. Then hear the stories of a Naval veteran who witnessed the carnage of December 7, 1941 firsthand.

  • 9:00pm

    The Weapon Hunter:

    D-Day Detonator

    Military weapons enthusiast and host Paul Shull takes on his greatest challenge yet: to rebuild an entire battle, and not just any battle. He's going to reconstruct D-Day from the ground up. Join him as he fires the weapons used that day, rides an LST landing ship during a dramatic reenactment, and meets some of the heroes who stormed the beach and led the Allies to victory. It's an incredible, immersive mission that details the scale, planning, and courage of the men who carried out the largest amphibious invasion in history.

  • 10:00pm

    The Weapon Hunter:

    Iwo Jima Franken-gun

    Host Paul Shull is looking to resurrect a gun that no longer exists. In fact, it's a weapon so rare, only six have ever been built. It was called the Stinger, a one-of-a-kind World War II machine gun made by U.S. Marines from the guts of different weapons. This "Frankengun" took on legendary status in the Pacific theater, and Paul is determined to see it come back to life. But in order to build the seventh Stinger, he must not only track down the rare parts he needs, he must convince their owners to part with them forever.

  • 11:00pm

    Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI

    An amazing discovery has been made beneath a farm field in Northern France: a vast underground city where World War I soldiers, on both sides of the conflict, took refuge a century ago. Even more remarkable, it is one of hundreds of buried havens set up close to a 45-mile stretch of the Western Front. Follow American explorer and photographer Jeff Gusky as he documents one of these long forgotten shelters, and witness his attempts to connect the names of the American soldiers etched into the limestone walls to their living descendants.

  • 12:00am

    Mighty Planes: Heroic Hercules

    The Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules has been the go-to tactical cargo and personnel transporter for the U.S. Air Force and has served 70 countries on multiple missions. And at more than half a century old, she's tougher than ever. Celebrate this champion in times of war and peace as we revisit her history of daring efforts and detail how she continues to serve today. From her painstaking assembly to the challenges she faces on the ground and in the air, get an all-access look at the most heroic airlifter ever.

  • 2:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    C-5M Super Galaxy

    C-5M Super Galaxy taking off

    Recently upgraded to "Super Galaxy" status, this heavy-lifting aircraft can fly non-stop to virtually anywhere in the world, delivering cargo too large and too urgent to be shipped any other way. Follow along with the U.S. Air Force onboard this mighty plane on a marathon mission to Bagram, Afghanistan, a 14-hour, 6,200-mile journey requiring dangerous mid-air refueling and a perilous landing in the heart of enemy territory.

  • 3:00am

    Mighty Planes:


    The Hercules Skibird on snow

    The Hercules Skibird is the go-to aircraft for tough jobs in frozen places, and it's just 48 hours away from one of its most challenging missions yet. Follow this mighty plane and its dedicated crew to the top of the world as they prepare to evacuate climate scientists from Greenland's icy terrain. This mission will push the team and their powerful cargo plane to the limit as they attempt to fly, land, and take off in a country that holds the record for the worst flying conditions on the planet.

  • 4:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    Antonov 124

    Antonov 124 one of the biggest cargo planes

    The Antonov 124, one of the biggest cargo planes in the world, is on its way to earthquake-ravaged Chile to deliver a massive wind turbine. But before this mighty plane can come to the country's aid, it must first prove it can handle the assignment. Witness the obstacles the Antonov and its crew must overcome to complete this two-day, 7,500-mile mission, including extreme weather and an exhaustive inspection that could reveal flaws too costly to repair. For this massive plane, a pit stop could mean the end of the road and an incomplete mission.

  • 5:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    Super Guppy

    The NASA Super Guppy is a jerry-rigged wonder, built from parts of 1950s planes. But her cargo is anything but retro. She has hauled vital aerospace hardware across the country in her 50+ years of service, including parts of Apollo, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Skylab. Now, after being grounded for eight months for major upgrades and maintenance, she and her dedicated crew are back on the job, picking up and delivering a multi-million-dollar payload on a challenging three-day mission.