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  • 6:00am

    Aerial America:

    Made in the USA

    Pair of blue and yellow biplanes in midflight

    "Made in the USA" isn't just a label. It's a testament to American ingenuity and the pioneers and risk takers who have given us everything from jumbo jets to microchips, and ketchup to cornflakes. This cross-country journey celebrates the nation's crowning industrial achievements and the people behind them. Soar above Starbucks headquarters, Motown Records, Talladega Superspeedway, and more, exploring stories of inspiration, innovation, and invention.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    West Virginia

    State Capitol Building in Charleston, showing ornate gold dome

    West Virginia. It's where the Appalachian, Blue Ridge, and Allegheny Mountains converge, and where a fiercely independent spirit, forged during the Civil War, still lives today. From a legendary resort that hid a top-secret bunker to a futuristic facility exploring the mysteries of the universe, to thrill-seekers riding the Class-5 rapids and climbing its famous bluffs, this flight across the state's towering peaks reveals why John Denver called it "almost heaven."

  • 8:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    Umiak I

    The Umiak I, an ice cutter

    Umiak I is the most powerful ice-breaking bulk carrier in the world, and she has to be in order to survive the rough seas and thick ice off the eastern coast of Canada. She is the lifeline to the remote Voisey's Bay Nickel Mine in Labrador. Her job is to deliver desperately needed supplies and return home with 30,000 tons of nickel concentrate, worth over $120 million. Hop aboard and join her fearless crew on a treacherous mission, featuring heavy fog, howling winds, towering waves, and volatile cargo in constant need of monitoring.

  • 9:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    FPSO Maersk Peregrino

    The FPSO Maersk Peregrino, a ship

    Years of planning, $1.5 billion in spending, and 16 million man-hours of labor have come down to this moment. Super tanker Maersk Peregrino is being converted into one of the largest, floating oil production facilities in the world. Stationed off the coast of Brazil, she'll pump, store and off-load billions of dollars worth of crude oil. But first, the crew must complete the makeover. Follow the crew as they attempt to finish an operation fraught with challenges, including strong currents, heavy winds, and even government bureaucracy.

  • 10:00am

    Ice Bridge: The Impossible Journey

    Ice Age woman crossing the frozen Atlantic Ocean in a canoe.

    Is it possible that Ice Age people succeeded in crossing the frozen Atlantic Ocean to North America, thousands of years before the Vikings and Columbus? Two archaeologists believe so after discovering artifacts in Chesapeake Bay that bear an inexplicable resemblance to those from prehistoric Europe. Follow them as they combine old-fashioned excavations with exciting new DNA testing to prove their theory, answer their critics, and rewrite the history books.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    Vermont

    Covered bridge with foliage

    When Robert Frost penned "The Road Not Taken," he was writing about Vermont, and his poem captures the state's unscathed beauty and independent spirit. This state of freethinking and green living attracts all sorts, from artists like Norman Rockwell and the von Trapp family, to nature enthusiasts drawn to its hiking trails, ski slopes and autumn foliage. This aerial tour over the Green Mountain State captures the beauty and history of a state that chose its own path.

  • 12:00pm

    First Ladies Revealed:

    In Times of War

    Laura Bush placing sunflowers at a 9/11 memorial.

    Under constant scrutiny, Mary Todd Lincoln spends her time quietly visiting the wounded during the Civil War. Driven by a great sense of duty to the troops, Eleanor Roosevelt risks her life to enter the Pacific theater. Thrust into a new role after 9/11, Laura Bush's compassion earns her the nickname, "Comforter in Chief." Join us as we celebrate these three extraordinary women, who served their country at a time when it was most needed, and helped the country cope through times of tragedy and trauma.

  • 1:00pm

    America's Lost Submarine

    Rusted submarine wreckage

    A vacation along Panama's Pearl Islands led archaeologist James Delgado to an astounding discovery, the world's first working submarine, rusting on a remote beach, forgotten for over 135 years. We follow Delgado as he uncovers the mystery surrounding this maritime treasure. How did the vessel work, what killed its inventor and crew, and why did it end up here in this deserted archipelago? We also trace the amazing life of German engineer Julius Kroehl and how he invented a diving craft that was half a century ahead of its time.

  • 2:00pm

    The True Story of the Mary Celeste

    Painting of the Mary Celeste in stormy waters

    On December 4, 1872, the unmanned Mary Celeste was found adrift in the Atlantic with its cargo fully intact. The mystery of this "ghost ship" remained unanswered for over 135 years. What happened to the Mary Celeste is widely regarded as the most famous mystery of the sea. Watch it unfold to its stunning conclusion, at last.

  • 3:00pm

    Titanic's Final Mystery

    Digital 3d rendering of the Titanic

    A century ago, the "unsinkable" Titanic plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. With each passing year, the myth surrounding the ship has grown, as have arguments over why and how she met her demise. However, a recent study blows all other theories out of the water. Follow Titanic detective Tim Maltin as he shares the results of his 20-year investigation. Combining thousands of hours of eyewitness testimony with modern scientific investigation, he reveals that the real culprits may have been forces beyond human control.

  • 5:00pm

    Make It Out Alive:

    USS Indianapolis

    Smoke billowing from the sinking USS Indianapolis.

    The 1945 attack on the USS Indianapolis by a Japanese sub was so sudden and violent, it sank the warship before there was even time to launch lifeboats. Tragically, the wait for rescue for those who survived would take far longer. Witness the worst sea disaster in U.S. naval history, which claimed the lives of 879 men, by following the fates of a maverick Marine and his friend, a Bronze Star captain, and the battle-hardened commanding officer.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Panic Over the Pacific

    Airline passengers bracing for impact.

    It was a masterpiece of flying, a race against time to right an out-of-control Boeing 747 before it spirals into the Pacific Ocean. The crew somehow made a miraculous recovery and safely landed their aircraft. The plane's captain was instantly hailed as a hero. Investigators piecing together the events of the near disaster, however, tell a different story. Relive the harrowing six-mile plummet of China Airlines Flight 006 and the findings of the NTSB examination that revealed the effects jet lag and lack of sleep can have on pilots.

  • 7:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Terror in Paradise

    Passenger aboard a small aircraft staring at the pilot.

    Air Moorea specializes in short flights, providing a vital link between the islands of French Polynesia. It's just a seven-minute hop to Tahiti, but two minutes after takeoff, Flight 1121 falls into a steep dive into the ocean, killing all 20 people on board. Examiners have no idea what happened, until the cockpit voice recorder reveals a sudden cry of alarm that leads them to a remarkable discovery. Relive the crash and the investigation that raised awareness about a hidden threat lurking at commercial airports all over the world.

  • 8:00pm

    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.

  • 9:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Illinois

    Chicago viewed from the west, showing Lake Michigan

    It's given us American icons as notorious as Al Capone and as heroic as Abraham Lincoln. It's where endless rows of corn blanket the fields and towering buildings touch the sky. The state of Illinois is full of awe-inspiring sights and captivating drama, and this aerial excursion explores it all. From the Great Fire of Chicago to the Great Migration that brought Muddy Waters and the blues up north, we visit the places and people that tell Illinois' powerful story.

  • 10:00pm

    Aerial Cities:

    Chicago 24

    Aerial view of Lake Michigan and the Loop in Chicago.

    Experience a day in the life of the only major American city to tower over the Great Lakes from above. Explore every corner of this Midwestern metropolis from the awe-inspiring heights of its skyscrapers to the parks, harbors, beaches, and marinas that dot its lakeshore. Along the way, meet the people who make Chicagoland so special, including death-defying window washers, training firefighters, and the iconic twin "Legends of the Lake."

  • 11:00pm

    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.

  • 12:00am

    Aerial America:

    Illinois

    Chicago viewed from the west, showing Lake Michigan

    It's given us American icons as notorious as Al Capone and as heroic as Abraham Lincoln. It's where endless rows of corn blanket the fields and towering buildings touch the sky. The state of Illinois is full of awe-inspiring sights and captivating drama, and this aerial excursion explores it all. From the Great Fire of Chicago to the Great Migration that brought Muddy Waters and the blues up north, we visit the places and people that tell Illinois' powerful story.

  • 1:00am

    Aerial Cities:

    Chicago 24

    Aerial view of Lake Michigan and the Loop in Chicago.

    Experience a day in the life of the only major American city to tower over the Great Lakes from above. Explore every corner of this Midwestern metropolis from the awe-inspiring heights of its skyscrapers to the parks, harbors, beaches, and marinas that dot its lakeshore. Along the way, meet the people who make Chicagoland so special, including death-defying window washers, training firefighters, and the iconic twin "Legends of the Lake."

  • 2:00am

    Ice Bridge: The Impossible Journey

    Ice Age woman crossing the frozen Atlantic Ocean in a canoe.

    Is it possible that Ice Age people succeeded in crossing the frozen Atlantic Ocean to North America, thousands of years before the Vikings and Columbus? Two archaeologists believe so after discovering artifacts in Chesapeake Bay that bear an inexplicable resemblance to those from prehistoric Europe. Follow them as they combine old-fashioned excavations with exciting new DNA testing to prove their theory, answer their critics, and rewrite the history books.

  • 3:00am

    Alaska Aircrash Investigations:

    Stalled Over the Highway

    NTSB agent examining the mechanical parts of a crashed plane.

    The Cessna 150 is a simple and sturdy aircraft and a common training airplane of Alaska aviation. When one goes down, it is critical to determine probable cause quickly to see if the plane is at fault before others put themselves at risk. That's the challenge issued to NTSB's Millicent Hoidal after a Cessna goes down at Big Lake in October 2015. Follow her as she battles against winter's dwindling daylight hours and fire-damaged evidence to filter through a long list of possible reasons why this plane crashed.

  • 4:00am

    Make It Out Alive:

    USS Indianapolis

    Smoke billowing from the sinking USS Indianapolis.

    The 1945 attack on the USS Indianapolis by a Japanese sub was so sudden and violent, it sank the warship before there was even time to launch lifeboats. Tragically, the wait for rescue for those who survived would take far longer. Witness the worst sea disaster in U.S. naval history, which claimed the lives of 879 men, by following the fates of a maverick Marine and his friend, a Bronze Star captain, and the battle-hardened commanding officer.

  • 5:00am

    Combat Ships:

    D-Day

    Two soldiers exiting a landing craft on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

    In 1944, the fate of Europe depended on an Allied plan to land over 150,000 troops in just 24 hours on the beaches of Normandy. They would arrive on a remarkable armada of vessels, some experimental, some simply dangerous. Join us as we examine the D-Day invasion from the sea, tracing the critical naval operation that transported the troops to shore. We explore the technology behind the diverse and ingenious ships that bravely crossed the English Channel and present firsthand accounts from those who were part of the historic invasion.