Down To Earth

Five programmes in which Ray Brown explores the motivation of aircraft archaeologists.

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Episodes

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01A Lonely Impulse Of Delight20000131

Brown investigates what fires people into an obsession with flight.

02Falling From The Sky20000201

In August 1921, the people of Hull watched the R38 airship complete its trials.

But glinting in the late afternoon sun, it buckled, broke in two and crashed in the Humber.

Ray Brown meets Tom Jamison, who has devoted 30 years to researching airships in Yorkshire and who has a unique R38 archive.

03The Hampden Project20000202

Ray Brown joins members of the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group as they probe a windswept field near RAF Digby in search of a Handley Page Hampden bomber which crashed in 1940.

04Last Of The Mossies20000203

In 1971 Tony Aygar bought the cockpit of a de Havilland Mosquito Second World War fighter bomber from an auction.

Now he is close to having a moving aircraft.

Ray Brown meets Aygar and Len Rogers who, as a Mosquito navigator in Pathfinders, survived 59 unarmed missions.

05 LASTJohnny Head In The Air20000204

Fifty-five years and 12 hours after Halifax bomber DK116 crashed into the high moors of Kielder, Ray Brown visits the site with members of '57 Rescue and relatives of Air Gunner Geoffrey Symonds, who was killed in the crash.