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Air Warriors

Posted at 8:47 AM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 08:47:46-04

From the F-22 Raptor, the United States’ first nearly “invisible” plane, to the F6F Hellcat, the aircraft that was responsible for turning the tide of WWII in America's favor, Smithsonian Channel’s popular series Air Warriors looks at the most extraordinary aircrafts throughout our nation’s history. The series touches on everything from the technical challenges to the tragic failures to the remarkable triumphs against enemy forces.

Accompanied by dramatic combat footage -- author, former Director of Air Force History and Museums, and former F-15 and F-4 fighter pilot C.R. Anderegg can introduce viewers to some of our nation’s most amazing accomplishments in aviation, share dramatic and heroic stories of our country’s most dedicated pilots, and discuss the amazing new technology now used in military aircrafts.

C.R. Anderegg was an Air Force officer for 30 years, during which he commanded an F-15 squadron, was twice a fighter group commander and twice a fighter wing vice commander. He also flew more than 170 combat missions during the Vietnam War. Following his retirement, he wrote "The Ash Warriors," a history of the Mount Pinatubo eruptions and subsequent evacuation of Clark Air Base, and "Sierra Hotel," a history of the cultural changes that occurred in the U.S. Air Force fighter force during the decade after the Vietnam War.