Welcome to my Great Planes / Wings Database
Originally called Great Planes, the Wings series initially aired Wednesdays and Saturdays on the Discovery Channel in the U.S. from 9-10 p.m. Eastern beginning in 1988 and into the early 1990s.
When it initially aired in America, the majority of episodes were narrated by the series' Australian writer and director, Luke Swann, with some others written and narrated by John Honey and Phil Chugg.
In 1991 (notably following the first Gulf War), episodes
were re-edited to include interviews with pilots of the profiled aircraft
types before and following commercial breaks, and the narration was
re-dubbed with American narrators Ron David and Tom
Great Planes was the original subset of "Wings" episodes which focused on one particular aircraft type. The original "Great Planes" series was initially produced by Aviation Video International in Australia, and distributed by the Discovery Channel.
Strange Planes was a series of six episodes that focused on several unusual aircraft types:
Miscellaneous Programs. These programs were shown occasionally during the wings time slot. They were produced from various sources.
Wings II is the nickname given to a newer
generation of Wings episodes that begain in the mid 1990s. These episodes,
narrated by Stuart Culpepper, often had interviews with the aircrews and
famed aviation historian/writer Jeffrey Ethell, the "Fighter
* Hugging the
Wings of the Luftwaffe was a separately-branded series that focused on German aircraft of World War II.
Wings of the Red Star was a separately-branded series that focused on Soviet Air Force aircraft from World War II to the modern era. It was narrated by actor Sir Peter Ustinov.
* The Backfire
SeaWings, narrated by Edward Easton, was a separately-branded series that focused on United States (and some foreign) naval aircraft from World War II to the present day, including:
Wings Over the Gulf was a series profiling the air war over Iraq before and during Operation Desert Storm, and select aircraft types used by coalition forces. The series was narrated by Will Lyman.
A separate episode that aired around this time period was:
Wings Over Vietnam: The Missions
In 2002, this 8 episode series was aired, hosted by David Scott.
Many of these episodes can be found on various Youtube channels. It is my intention to provide links to all videos available. For the original Great Planes episodes, I prefer to post links to the episodes with the original Australian narrators.
Any help finding the rest would be appreciated. If any of you have the missing videos on VHS or DVD and wish to have them posted on Youtube, please contact me.
For videos blocked in your country, a fan e-mailed me suggesting users should try viewing the videos through a Proxy website.
Feel free to contact me with request, ideas, questions, etc...
Fighter's Anthology page
My Youtube channel
Great Planes Music (includes music files from other sources as well)
*Note: Many of the songs in the Great Planes series have now been identified. See the text file Great Planes songs.txt for this list. The song names can also be found in the video descriptions on the episodes posted on my Youtube channel. Many of the identified songs can be found on the internet (especially at Omni music and DeWolfe music ). Sorry, but I will NOT post the mp3 to songs that have been identified.
As to the unidentified Great Planes music, some of those songs can be found posted in the music link above. Those songs I get from the videos, then dice & splice them to make a (mostly) whole song. The names of the files are ones I gave to them. I am hoping to add more in the future (time & ambition permitting). If you know any of the unidentified songs, an e-mail would be greatly appreciated.
*Latest Update July 30, 2018: Four new unidentified songs are uploaded. I named them F-104 Momentum 2, F-104 Whale Song, P-47 Death, and P-47 Mellow Rock - Gun Run. If anyone can identify these songs, please contact me and I'll add them to the songs list.
June 12, 2018: Philippe in France has identified two more songs. Path Of Destruction 1 - Tim Souster for the A-1 episode and Remembrancer - Richard Allen Harvey for the C-130 episode.
May 10, 2018: Philippe in France has identified several songs for the following episodes: B-24, B-29, B-52, C-130, F-16, and F-111. "F-16 Rock" has been identified as "Brutus" by Gordon Giltrap Band. Therefore, "F-16 Rock" has been deleted. The Great Planes songs .txt file has been updated.
March 18, 2018: The song labeled "F-16 Excite" has been identified as "Ferrari" by Chris Evans-Ironside. It can be found on Youtube. Therefore, "F-16 Excite.mp3" has been deleted. The Great Planes songs .txt file has been updated.
January 20, 2018: Links to Backfire Bomber, Soviet Rotors, and Russian Giants were added (thanks Phil Cipher). The Great Planes F-15 is now linked to my video; however, it is blocked in the United States. Though blocked world wide when I uploaded Great Planes SR-71, the video in the link above still appears to work.
December 6, 2017: All of the Great Planes episodes have been uploaded to my Youtube channel. Unfortunately, the SR-71 episode is blocked worldwide, and some of the other episodes are blocked in some countries (mainly New Zealand). On each video in the description, is the list of songs that Youtube has identified in the video. Further music info is listed in the Great Planes Music section above. As a backup, I will leave the original links to the videos listed above. If my channel should get shut down, at least those links will still be available.
November 30, 2017: Exciting new development. I discovered a way to identify some of the music in Great Planes. As I load the videos to Youtube, it sends me copyright claims on the video and the music. In doing so, it identifies the music. With that information, most of the music can be found on Youtube (minus the background jet noises). I will be posting this information once it is all gathered.
November 30, 2017: Four new songs: AV-8 Superstar, F-14 Flight of Fancy, F-14 Sea Power, and XB-70 Symphony. Also, a new link for Great Planes British Aerospace AV-8 Harrier.
November 8, 2017: Cleaned up the link mess. Part 1s will no longer be marked. I give whole-video links priority on this page.
October 18, 2017: New links in the Wings II section for A-10 Steel Rain and F-15 Eagles Over Lebanon. These are whole clips instead of in parts.
October 10, 2017: If you want the episode Eyes in the Sky, then e-mail me and we can try to work out something.
August 29, 2017: New links for Wings - the Valiant Few, Whispering Death (AH-1), all Strange Planes episodes except for Eyes in the Sky (Youtube blocks this from loading). The old link for Eyes in the Sky was incorrect. That link is properly placed under Miscellaneous Programs - Recon and Intelligence Aircraft.
July 16, 2017: Wings - the Valiant Few is now loaded to Youtube.
July 13, 2017: Added two more to the Miscellaneous Programs.
June 27, 2017: Added the Miscellaneous Programs and their links.
June 23, 2017: Added link to part 1 of Whispering Death (AH-1) and Strange Planes: Giants, Vertical, & Strange Shapes. The program in the watermark at the beginning and end of the videos can be used to combine the video segments into one.
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