Angle of Attack (2011): Part 01


Angle of Attack (full title – Angle of Attack: How Naval Aviation Changed the Face of War) chronicles the triumphs and challenges that US Naval Aviation has faced since its invention.


From the very first shipboard landing by Eugene Ely in 1911 to the latest debates surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles, Angle of Attack tells the story of a hundred years of Naval aviation, from wobbly gliders to supersonic jets.

The two-part series charts how technological innovations shaped strategic choices and, conversely, how strategic imperatives propelled Naval aviation toward innovation and reinvention.

While chronicling the technological and strategic advancements of Naval aviation, Angle of Attack also highlights the aviators, the people in the cockpits who give life to the machines and their mission.

The programme utilises archival footage, interviews with historical and military experts, contemporary footage of cutting-edge aircraft and insights from then contemporary fighter pilots in the US Marine Corps and US Navy.

Part 02 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Narrator(s):
    • Michael Murphy.
  • Director(s):
    • Thomas Lennon.
  • Producer(s):
    • Julia Conley … associate producer.
    • Chana Gazit … producer.
    • Thomas Lennon … producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Chana Gazit.
    • Thomas Lennon.
  • Music:
    • Mark Suozzo.
  • Cinematography:
    • Thomas Lennon … director of photography.
    • Glen Mordeci … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
    • Nancy Novack.
    • Maeve O’Boyle.
    • Merril Stern.
  • Production:
    • The Documentary Group.
  • Distributor:
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (2011) (USA) (TV).
    • XiveTV.
    • American Public Television.
  • Release Date: November 2011.
  • Rating: PG (IMDB) or 13+ (Amazon Prime).
  • Running Time: 109 minutes (total running time).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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