Battle of the X-Planes

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From 1996 to 2001, Boeing and Lockheed Martin produced rival designs and prototypes for the Joint Strike Fighter, a stealthy, affordable combat plane intended for the 21st century needs of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marines. In "Battle of the X-Planes," NOVA goes behind the scenes to show the world's newest fighter taking shape, as Boeing and Lockheed Martin compete to win the largest contract in military history. NOVA's film crew was part of a small group allowed into both camps, in the first-ever inside look at a Department of Defense weapons competition. The team filmed inside installations where cameras have never been allowed: the famous Skunk Works, where Lockheed Martin designed the celebrated U-2 and SR-71 spy planes, and Boeing's equally hush-hush Phantom Works.

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Battle of the X Planes

A NOVA documentary exploring the creation of the Joint Strike Fighter and profiling the Lockheed, BAE and Boeing experts who battled for five years to win the lucrative design contract. The opening installment chronicles the early days of the project, as a variety of ideas graduate from the drawing board to the prototype phase. Conclusion of the documentary exploring the creation of the Joint Strike Fighter. Nine months of preparation and design come to fruition as the prototypes take to the skies for the first time, and the winner of the lucrative contract to build the new plane is finally announced.
Episode Description

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The Competition

First of a two-part documentary exploring the creation of the Joint Strike Fighter and profiling the Lockheed, BAE and Boeing experts who battled for five years to win the lucrative design contract. The opening installment chronicles the early days of the project, as a variety of ideas graduate from the drawing board to the prototype phase

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The Winner

Conclusion of the documentary exploring the creation of the Joint Strike Fighter. Nine months of preparation and design come to fruition as the prototypes take to the skies for the first time, and the winner of the lucrative contract to build the new plane is finally announced