Air Aces - Netflix

Air Aces is a ground breaking new series that tells the stories of the most heroic airborne combat missions in history. Using real vintage aircrafts, the series films the impossible by re-creating mid-air combat sequences. Featuring Spitfires, Lancaster bombers, and Phantom fighters, aerial stunt teams, and state-of-the-art camera technology, the series dramatizes the exploits of the world's greatest Air Aces. The series also features revealing interviews with the last surviving veterans and military historians, rare archival footage, and cutting edge CGI.

Air Aces - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2013-08-04

Air Aces - Flying ace - Netflix

A flying ace, fighter ace or air ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down several enemy aircraft during aerial combat. The actual number of aerial victories required to officially qualify as an “ace” has varied, but is usually considered to be five or more. The few aces among combat aviators have historically accounted for the majority of air-to-air victories in military history. The concept of the “ace” emerged in 1915 during World War I, at the same time as aerial dogfighting. It was a propaganda term intended to provide the home front with a cult of the hero in what was otherwise a war of attrition. The individual actions of aces were widely reported and the image was disseminated of the ace as a chivalrous knight reminiscent of a bygone era. For a brief early period when air-to-air combat was just being invented, the exceptionally skilled pilot could shape the battle in the skies. For most of the war, however, the image of the ace had little to do with the reality of air warfare, in which fighters fought in formation and air superiority depended heavily on the relative availability of resources.

Air Aces - Iran–Iraq war - Netflix

Brig. General Jalil Zandi (1951–2001) was an ace fighter pilot in the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, serving for the full duration of the Iran–Iraq War. His record of eight confirmed and three probable victories against Iraqi combat aircraft qualifies him as an ace and the most successful pilot of that conflict and the most successful Grumman F-14 Tomcat pilot worldwide. Brig. General Shahram Rostami was another Iranian ace. He was also an F-14 pilot. He had six confirmed kills. His victories include: one MiG-21, two MiG-25s and three Mirage F1s.

Air Aces - References - Netflix