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  • 6:00am

    Museum Secrets Revealed:

    State Hermitage

    State Hermitage Museum with gilden indoor columns © KENSINGTON COMMUNICATIONS INC.

    Based in the heart of St. Petersburg, the State Hermitage is one of the largest museums on Earth, housing more than three million treasures of art and archeology, each one with a story to tell. Take a private tour through its majestic palace halls and secluded passageways as we delve into the vast collection. We reveal secrets involving Catherine the Great’s lusty appetite, Rasputin’s real killer, a World War II-inspired exodus of art and felines, and an investigation of Peter the Great that may change the reputation of the city’s namesake forever.

  • 7:00am

    Museum Secrets Revealed:

    Moscow

    State Historical Museum of Moscow © KENSINGTON COMMUNICATIONS INC.

    Why did Ivan the Terrible become Ivan the Remorseful? How was novelist Alexander Pushkin killed in a duel after compiling a record of 28-0? And what was opulence-hating Vladimir Lenin doing with a Rolls Royce? Inside the State Historical Museum of Moscow, the history of Russia is on display, revealing fascinating stories spanning thousands of years. Join the museum’s curators, war experts, and Russian historians as they enter the galleries, ask tough questions, and find answers to some of Mother Russia’s best-kept secrets and darkest mysteries.

  • 8:00am

    Museum Secrets Revealed:

    Uffizi Gallery, Florence

    Italy's Uffizi Gallery Painting by Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio - The Head of Medusa © KENSINGTON COMMUNICATIONS INC.

    Inside Italy's Uffizi Gallery, dark secrets reside amongst the works of the greatest masters of the Renaissance. Join us as we tour one of the oldest art museums in the western world and travel back to a time when Florence was a city rife with intrigue and crime. We'll explore the days of the Mafia in the 15th Century, made famous in the video game Assassin's Creed. We'll follow an artist's path to insanity, perhaps caused by the lead in his paints, and we'll see if Hitler's soft spot for art is the reason the gallery still exists today.

  • 9:00am

    Aerial America:

    Kentucky

    Aerial view of Cumberland Falls

    Kentucky: home of young Abe Lincoln, old family feuds, and the most exciting two minutes in sports. This overhead exploration reveals the fertile stories of America's 15th state, from Daniel Boone's wilderness trail to the Country Music Highway, and from the legends of the Kentucky Derby to the secrets behind its beloved bourbon. With its rich history and breathtaking beauty, the Bluegrass State is a stunning, hard-won paradise, best viewed from high above.

  • 10:00am

    Aerial America:

    Louisiana

    New Orleans at night, showing twin bridges over Mississippi River

    Visit the state where the Big Muddy comes to an end and the Big Easy comes to life. Louisiana is home to both great celebrations and great devastation. From cool jazz to hot cooking; from a vast paradise of wetlands to the giant industries endangering its fragile ecosystems, explore the stark contradictions of the Sugar State from soaring heights. Having survived natural and manmade disasters, Louisiana proves it has never lost its festive, fighting spirit.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    Maine

    Aerial view of Harbor Islands in Maine, showing autumnal foliage

    Journey across rugged shores and into the great wilderness seafarers once called "The Mainland." From Portland to Kennebunkport, Moosehead Lake to Casco Bay, this expedition offers a stunning view of one of the most beautiful states on the Atlantic Coast. The Pine Tree State has attracted sailors, artists, and presidents for centuries. Discover how Maine's rich resources, and varied cast of characters have helped shape not just the state, but also the nation.

  • 12:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    C-17 Globemaster III

    The C-17 Globemaster III in flight

    The C-17 Globemaster III is the most versatile cargo plane in the U.S. Air Force fleet. It's a tireless workhorse, designed to carry more than 170,000 pounds of cargo, yet agile enough to land and take off on short, rough runways. Watch as two of these $200 million jets take off on separate missions. One ventures into an intense war training operation over unforgiving terrain, while the other embarks on a grueling three-day journey to deliver missile launchers from a remote Pacific island to California. Both jobs will push these C-17s to the limit.

  • 1:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    Apache

    Apache attack helicopter flying past the sun. US Department of Defense / DVIDS

    Highly maneuverable, heavily armed, and devastatingly powerful, the U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache is one of the most trusted and lethal weapons in the sky. Called "Black Death" by her foes, she's cast a feared shadow over the battlefield, but this modern chopper was nearly scrapped before ever seeing action. Discover the inside story of the world's premier attack helicopter, from its controversial beginnings, rife with technical challenges and tragic failures, to its remarkable triumphs against enemy forces.

  • 2:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    Airbus A380

    Airbus A380 Engine

    A revolution in aircraft design, the Airbus A380 is the word's largest passenger airliner. With room for more than 500 passengers, a tail as high as an eight-story building, and a wingspan nearly the length of a football field, this massive commercial airliner is a game changer. But it's also a big gamble for Lufthansa. Take flight on this mighty plane's maiden journey from Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco, California as they try to win over customers and maximize profits. If the flight is successful, this Airbus may force other airlines to go big or go home.

  • 3:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    B-52

    Man visually signaling a B-52 Stratofortress coming down the runway. © US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE / DVIDS

    The B-52 Stratofortress is affectionately known as the B.U.F.F., or Big, Ugly, Fat Fellow. Whatever you call it, the B-52 is one imposing beast of a bomber, stretching 159 feet, capable of flying nearly 9,000 miles in a single trip, and able to carry up to 70,000 pounds of weapons at a time. Join us as we crown the Air Force's longest serving heavyweight champ, a global reach aircraft that has, for more than a half a century, led the way in every major U.S. bombing campaign, from Korea to Vietnam to Iraq and beyond.

  • 4:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    Omega 707

    Inside cockpit of the Omega 707, with captain, copilot, and navigator

    Hit the air with flying gas station Omega, a commercial aircraft turned tanker, built to refuel U.S. fighter jets while they are in flight. Follow this modified Boeing 707 as it lends support on a three-day U.S. Navy and Marine Corps exercise. Witness the midair rendezvous between aerial refueling tanker and fighter jet. The slightest bit of turbulence or the smallest human error can prove fatal. On this mission, however, it's a mechanical issue that puts the entire operation, and Omega's reputation, in jeopardy.

  • 5:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    KC-135 Stratotanker

    U.S. Air Force aerial refueller on a tarmac.

    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.

  • 6:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    T-38 Talon

    The T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, two-seat, supersonic marvel. It climbs 30,000 feet per minute, flies at a speed of 858 miles per hour, and rolls up to 300 degrees per second. If you can fly the T-38 with its unimaginable G-forces, you can fly just about anything. Go on a high-altitude mission in the greatest fighter jet trainer in the world and join three student NATO pilots who push the T-38 -- and themselves -- to the limit.

  • 7:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    F-16

    Man washing an F-16 Fighting Falcon backlit by the sun. © US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE / DVIDS

    It's fast, it's acrobatic, and it's built to get in your face before you even know it's there. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is the lightest fighter in the Air Force inventory, and ushered in a new breed of dogfighter. Witness its origins during the Vietnam War, as the U.S. military raced to create a fighter that could hold its own against the Russian's MiG. Then see how it evolved over the decades, adapted in order to stay relevant, and continued to soar to become the undisputed king of the multirole fighters.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    AC-130

    The AC-130 is a heavyweight in a class of its own. The massive gunship brings unparalleled cover for troops on the ground and sheer force to enemy skies, day and night. With its revolutionary side-firing design, the AC-130 revolutionized close air support in the 1960s, but was nearly shelved after its weakness was exposed during Operation Desert Storm. Join us as we show how the latest generation of the plane provides further protection to ground troops as we examine the rise, fall, and rebirth of this legendary aircraft.

  • 9:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    C-2A Greyhound

    U.S. aircraft carriers all over the world rely on a quiet backstage hero: the C-2 Greyhound--one of the strongest most dependable transport Greyhounds of all time. This lifeline for the U.S. Navy transports high-priority cargo such as critical aircraft parts, passengers, and even the mail. But, it takes a very skilled pilot to land this massive plane on busy, rolling flight decks. Discover the training that goes into becoming such a pilot as we follow four students pushing themselves to the limit to join this elite group.

  • 10:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Texas

    McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas

    To capture Texas, you need to go big, and this aerial exploration spans thousands of square miles to reveal the great sites of the Lone Star State. Witness its lush forests, forbidding deserts, and shimmering modern cities. High-altitude views of landmarks reveal a rich, complex past where bloody battles for independence began and where the era of American idealism ended one dark November day. From humble beginnings to boastful proclamations, see why "everything's bigger in Texas."

  • 11:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    AC-130

    The AC-130 is a heavyweight in a class of its own. The massive gunship brings unparalleled cover for troops on the ground and sheer force to enemy skies, day and night. With its revolutionary side-firing design, the AC-130 revolutionized close air support in the 1960s, but was nearly shelved after its weakness was exposed during Operation Desert Storm. Join us as we show how the latest generation of the plane provides further protection to ground troops as we examine the rise, fall, and rebirth of this legendary aircraft.

  • 12:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    C-2A Greyhound

    U.S. aircraft carriers all over the world rely on a quiet backstage hero: the C-2 Greyhound--one of the strongest most dependable transport Greyhounds of all time. This lifeline for the U.S. Navy transports high-priority cargo such as critical aircraft parts, passengers, and even the mail. But, it takes a very skilled pilot to land this massive plane on busy, rolling flight decks. Discover the training that goes into becoming such a pilot as we follow four students pushing themselves to the limit to join this elite group.

  • 1:00am

    Aerial America:

    Texas

    McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas

    To capture Texas, you need to go big, and this aerial exploration spans thousands of square miles to reveal the great sites of the Lone Star State. Witness its lush forests, forbidding deserts, and shimmering modern cities. High-altitude views of landmarks reveal a rich, complex past where bloody battles for independence began and where the era of American idealism ended one dark November day. From humble beginnings to boastful proclamations, see why "everything's bigger in Texas."

  • 2:00am

    The Pacific War in Color:

    From the Ashes

    By the summer of 1945, the Allies are reducing Japan to ashes, but there's no sign of surrender. While a ground invasion seems imminent, a casualty estimate of U.S. soldiers in the hundreds of thousands leads President Truman to a decision that will not only end the war, but forever change the course of warfare. Color combat footage and witness accounts of the atomic bombings provide rare insights into the final days of the Pacific War.

  • 3:00am

    Sacred Sites:

    King Arthur

    King Arthur. His very name evokes heroic acts, epic quests, and a forgotten age of chivalry. Most experts believe the monarch was simply a legendary figure, but powerful new scientific and archaeological evidence suggests that these mythic tales have their roots in history. Travel to ancient sacred sites across England and Wales to examine these fascinating discoveries and attempt to solve the mystery of whether Arthur was a real person, or just a fable.

  • 4:00am

    Air Warriors:

    AC-130

    The AC-130 is a heavyweight in a class of its own. The massive gunship brings unparalleled cover for troops on the ground and sheer force to enemy skies, day and night. With its revolutionary side-firing design, the AC-130 revolutionized close air support in the 1960s, but was nearly shelved after its weakness was exposed during Operation Desert Storm. Join us as we show how the latest generation of the plane provides further protection to ground troops as we examine the rise, fall, and rebirth of this legendary aircraft.

  • 5:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    C-2A Greyhound

    U.S. aircraft carriers all over the world rely on a quiet backstage hero: the C-2 Greyhound--one of the strongest most dependable transport Greyhounds of all time. This lifeline for the U.S. Navy transports high-priority cargo such as critical aircraft parts, passengers, and even the mail. But, it takes a very skilled pilot to land this massive plane on busy, rolling flight decks. Discover the training that goes into becoming such a pilot as we follow four students pushing themselves to the limit to join this elite group.