Daily Planet’s “Flying Things Week” premieres Nov. 21- 25 on Discovery Channel

It’s high times for the airline industry as the world’s emerging technologies and brightest inventors make THE JETSONS seem more like THE FLINSTONES every day.

DAILY PLANET’s “Flying Things Week” is set to soar, beginning Mon., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and continuing through Fri., Nov. 25 on Discovery Channel, spotlighting the latest and greatest in machines that go up in the air.

The world’s first and only nightly science and tech series presents five days featuring the future of flight – from one of the most sophisticated fighter pilot helmets ever built to a one-of-a-kind helicopter you have to see to believe.


Segment highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Flying Things Week” include:


If Looks Could Kill

BAE Systems is assembling one of the most sophisticated fighter pilot helmets ever built.  It’s designed to take the edge off one of the toughest jobs on the planet. Crammed with an arsenal of electronics, it tracks the pilot’s head and projects a hologram onto their visor, showing every piece of data needed to fly the jet anywhere they look. And, it can even be used to aim weapons…indeed, looks can kill.  


X3 Helicopter

The X3 Helicopter is a state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind chopper. It’s designed and built to prove that a large helicopter can hover but still fly really quickly. DAILY PLANET goes to the Paris air show to see first hand how this new technology will change the future of helicopter design and deployment.


Green Flight Challenge

After spending two years of their lives developing the world’s first hybrid electric aircraft, the students and professors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are making last-minute preparations for the $1.5 million dollar NASA Green Flight Challenge – an event to find the most efficient and environmentally friendly electric aircraft. But the challenges they face have the team wondering if they’ll be able to fly in the event at all…


Aviation Water Training

When naval aviators experience a disaster over water, they need to think fast. At the Aviation Survival Training Center in Lemoore, California, pilots are trained to deal with worst case scenarios whether it be ejecting into water, being dragged by a parachute across water, or crashing into water in their aircraft. DAILY PLANET goes behind the scenes to follow the trainees as they face one of their worst fears and learn to avoid a watery grave.


An international success story, DAILY PLANET is produced in-house by Exploration Production Inc. (EPI) in association with Discovery Channel Canada. The series’ Executive Producer is Kelly McKeown; Senior Producer is Steven Hunt; Managing Producer is Julie Borthwick; and Director is John Morrison.


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