How does one mummify a fighter jet? How do you land a vintage aircraft on a moving RV? What do you get when a military test pilot and amateur small craft enthusiast join forces and take to the skies? Get your answers as an unlikely duo of an air force pilot Captain Robert J. Reichert (a.k.a. “Rooster”) and filmmaker Mark Miller get together in this new series on Discovery Turbo – AIR DOGS.
Bringing a high-octane aviation adventure, AIR DOGS will air every Tuesday at 9.30 pm on Discovery Turbo.
Join Rooster and Miller in a daring quest to fly the fastest, the oldest and most unusual planes in each episode of the AIR DOGS, taking their love of aviation to the next level – sweet-talking their way into the cockpit of their dream aircraft – all in an attempt to get behind the stick and take the controls during flight.
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As one of the best aerospace engineering test pilots for NATO, Rooster’s flying experience ranges from combat flights in the Gulf War to the most dangerous job in aviation: the lead solo position with the Snowbirds. Known as a renegade pilot who has had several “near misses,” Rooster’s love of flying propels him to pilot just about any aircraft he can fly. While his partner may have clocked over 10,000 hours in the air, Miller’s experience is not quite as extensive. But this recreational, small-craft enthusiast is ready for the chance to pilot test flights and push an airplane to the edge of its specs. Is Miller really ready to grip the controls of his dream aircraft, testing the boundaries of each plane and himself?
Each episode of the series follows the AIR DOGS as they push their personal limits to fly aircraft ranging from a vintage World War Two bomber to a CF-18. They fly loops and perform other air-show-worthy stunts and the two hosts will likely appeal to both aviation experts and amateurs. Watch as Rooster and Miller test their skills in a Red Bull racer; negotiate their way into the cockpit of a Lancair P IV, pass a ground school test for flying a B-25 Mitchell, fly loops with the Snowbirds and attempt a landing on an RV.
Red Bull Racer
The Snowbirds are the largest jet formation team in the world and Rooster used to fly with them! Join the Air Dogs in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, as they borrow a couple of jets for some flights of fancy in the sky. As Rooster catches up with his old Snowbird pals, the group decides to teach Miller how to fly through a loop in formation. With Rooster as the wingman and just one meter away, one wrong move could spell disaster for the entire team.
The Lancair P IV is a top of the line, composite aircraft with a glass cockpit – the ultimate private craft. Capable of flight at an altitude of 13 kilometers, the P IV is the ultimate airplane. Miller has researched this plane and is hoping for a chance to fly it, as is Rooster. Watch as the Air Dogs head to the Lancair headquarters in Redmond, Oregon, to sweet-talk their way into the cockpit. But before the company brass hands over the stick, the duo must learn about the airplane on the ground. Will they ever get a chance to fly this P IV?
Workhorses of WW II
What self-respecting pilot wouldn’t have a B-25 Mitchell on their fantasy flight list? During the Second World War, B-25s flew in every theatre of war on missions ranging from bombing, to low-level tank busting to anti-shipping attacks. In this episode, the Air Dogs head to Hamilton, Ontario, where Rooster hopes to take a Mitchell for a ride. Meanwhile, Miller gears up to fly another vintage workhorse from the Second World War. The Beech 18 C-45 Expeditor was used for bombing and weapons training, search and rescue operations, light transport and reconnaissance missions as well as communications. The Air Dogs are ready to start their engines, but can they pass their ground school test first?
The Yaks and The Supercubs
Bud Granley is the first father of air show flights. Follow the Air Dogs as they catch up with Granley and the ultimate air show stunt plane – the Yak, a tough-as-nails Russian trainer. There is nothing you can’t do in a Yak. While Rooster and Granley push the Yak to the edge, Granley’s son Ross teaches Miller the basics in aerobatics in a different kind of Yak. Watch as Miller tests his skills on the Yak 18: a fully aerobatic, four-seat truck with wings.
The Snowbirds are the largest jet formation team in the world, and Rooster used to fly with them! Join the Air Dogs in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, as they borrow a couple of jets for some flights of fancy in the sky. As Rooster catches up with his old Snowbird pals, the group decides to teach Miller how to fly through a loop in formation. With Rooster as the wingman and just one meter away, one wrong move could spell disaster for the entire team.
In this adrenaline-filled episode, the Air Dogs push their skills to the limit. The mission: land a vintage air trainer on the smallest airstrip in the world – the roof of a RV speeding down a short runway at over 90 kilometers an hour. World famous air show pilot Kent Pietch spends time teaching Rooster and Miller the technique, but will all the training help them master such a hairy landing?