Smithsonian Channel and Public Media Distribution are taking to the skies next month with the release of two seasons of its hit series Air Warriors.
Public Media Distribution will release Air Warriors: Season One on Tuesday, May 2nd and Air Warriors: Season Two on Tuesday, May 23rd. Much like Discovery Channel’s classic series Wings, Air Warriors focuses on some of the military’s most well-known aircraft. That includes jets and helicopters.
Season One focuses on one of the military’s most successful warplanes in the F-15 Eagle and its most powerful chopper, the AH-64 Apache. Season One also focuses on the V-22 Osprey, which ever since its creation, has been talked about both for good and bad reasons.
In the series’ second season, three more well-known military aircraft take center stage in the form of the A-10 Warthog, the Blackhawk, and the Prowler/Growler. The Warrthog has been under scrutiny by military and political leaders ever since the creation of the F-35 fighter jet, but controversy over the jet has kept the Warthog a key piece of the military’s airpower to this day.
The Blackhawk has been a lightning rod of its own throughout its life. The chopper has been a symbol of power, much like the Apache. However, it has been the center of controversy because of the number of crashes involving the chopper throughout its existence.
The Prowler/Growler remains an integral piece of the military’s operations. The Prowler is a descendant of the A-6 Intruder, which played a key role in the Navy’s operations in Asia in the mid-20th century. The Prowler has been used by the military since 1971. It is no longer used by the Navy, but is still in use by the United States Marine Corps.
The Growler replaced the Prowler in the Navy’s arsenal in 2015. The jet is an offshoot of the FA-18 Superhornet, and has been in operation since 2009.
Air Warriors: Season One will retail for MSRP of $29.99 and Season Two for the same price. Both seasons can be pre-ordered online now at a reduced price of $24.99 each at PBS’ online store. Both seasons can also be ordered together in one set at a bundled price of $44.99.
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