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Speed Machines 
Series Synopsis: Speed Machines tells the story of eight battles to design and build the fastest car, ship, plane, boat and train. It seems that as soon as we were able to build these vehicles, there was someone who wanted theirs to go faster than anyone else's. In these stories we meet the people who tried everything they knew to beat the competition and we re-live their successes and failures. Above all, we meet the winners – the people who designed, built and then raced the fastest speed machines of their time.
The Flying Boats - The golden age of flying boats during the 1930s, when Britain and America competed to provide the predominant transatlantic air passenger service. Many weird and wonderful craft and devices were designed to cope with the long haul, including man-made islands, catapult launching systems and the British Mercury Maia - a large composite aircraft which carried a smaller one on its back to help save fuel.
Original Air Date: Channel 4 2003
Recorded: Discovery Knowledge Tuesday 17 February 2009 4:00pm
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