Dambusters - Building the Bouncing Bomb

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Dambusters - Building the Bouncing Bomb

Post by mark » Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:05 am

Interesting documentary on 4od at the moment about the bouncing bomb. It's free to watch at: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/damb ... g-bomb/4od" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This is available to watch until October 22nd 2011.

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In 1939, visionary aircraft designer Barnes Wallis designed a very special bomb that would bounce across water and destroy German dams. The raid in 1943 was a success and a 1950s feature film carried the the Dambusters story into British legend.

The science behind the bouncing bomb is highly complex, and many of Barnes Wallis' vital working calculations have been lost. Now, Cambridge engineer Dr Hugh Hunt, is going to attempt to solve the scientific puzzle of exactly how Wallis did it. Starting from scratch, he will rediscover the brilliance of Wallis's achievement when he tries to hit a dam with a bouncing bomb.

It is the first time this has been attempted since the war. Hugh will be assisted by dam engineers, explosives experts, mechanics and pilots who specialise in low altitude flying.

A vintage Second World War aircraft is modified to carry a bomb the size of an oil drum. It will then fly dangerously low over a Canadian lake and try to release the bomb at the perfect point so that it bounces across the water onto a specially-constructed 130-foot-wide dam. If they're successful they'll blow the dam sky-high.

No CGI, no special effects; this is for real.

The film also interweaves the fascinating historical story of Barnes Wallis and 617 Squadron with this present-tense narrative.

The experiment is complex and low flying is extremely dangerous. Can history be repeated?
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Re: Dambusters - Building the Bouncing Bomb

Post by NAG » Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:44 pm

Fantastic program. Great to see the guys from Buffalo Airways in action again. You just gotta love Chuck Adams, absolute riot.

Thanks for posting Mark

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Re: Dambusters - Building the Bouncing Bomb

Post by michael747 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:10 pm

What a fantastic show, no better way to spend 2 free hours...
Buffalo Airways sure have fun...
Quite suprised that it didnt feature in Ice Pilots last season :(
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Re: Dambusters - Building the Bouncing Bomb

Post by NAG » Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:16 pm

michael747 wrote:Quite suprised that it didnt feature in Ice Pilots last season :(
Going by the footage they show, my guess is that they film from late Autumn to Spring whereas this happened during the Summer I believe.

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Re: Dambusters - Building the Bouncing Bomb

Post by Sierra Papa » Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:33 pm

Great Video, Thanks

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Re: Dambusters - Building the Bouncing Bomb

Post by michael747 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:47 pm

NAG wrote:
michael747 wrote:Quite suprised that it didnt feature in Ice Pilots last season :(
Going by the footage they show, my guess is that they film from late Autumn to Spring whereas this happened during the Summer I believe.
That explains it.... Roll on Ice Pilots Season 3 in two weeks
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Re: Dambusters - Building the Bouncing Bomb

Post by buggyB » Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:20 pm

http://www.eaa.org/news/2011/2011-05-05_dambusters.asp
In addition, McBryan told us that the first episode of the third season of Ice Pilots NWT will offer a detailed behind-the-scenes look at Buffalo’s involvement in this project.

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Re: Dambusters - Building the Bouncing Bomb

Post by michael747 » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:23 pm

Sweet....
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