Strange Planes (1990): S01E01 – Drones, Midgets, Mutations


Technology Documentary hosted by Luke Swann, published by Discovery Channel broadcasted as part of DC Wings series in 1990.


From the German SC-1262 and the 1930s drone controlled by wires connected to a telephone and Hitler’s ominous V-1 to ultra-lights and one-man rocket packs.

A tribute to human ingenuity, this episode recounts the astonishing stories behind some of the most outlandish aviation creations. Included are many varieties of drones – unmanned aircraft, mutants – planes adapted to secondary purposes, and midgets.

Drones, Mutants and Midgets can not be judged by appearances alone. Composed of brand-new innovation, these planes represent the best technology has to offer. Drones refers to unmanned aircraft and encompasses everything from radio-controlled air vehicles to aerial torpedo “bugs.”

Mutants are planes that fulfil secondary purposes. Pint-sized experimentals like midgets are also remembered. Despite their unusual façades, these strange planes have carved out a special place in history.

Strange Planes Series

You can find a full index and overview of Strange Planes here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 1990.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 46-54 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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