The Fighter Aces

Sunday, August 15 at 8 p.m. ET

Hosted by Lt. Col. Oliver North

In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright (search) achieved the dream of powered flight. A little over a decade later their marvelous invention became a weapon of war. The fighter pilot was an instant hero.  Men like the Red Baron (search) and Eddie Rickenbacker (search) cast a dashing and death-defying image, and captured the imagination of millions. From the ashes of World War I,   air power would forever define how war is fought.

In this compelling episode of "War Stories with Oliver North," you’ll fly into combat with some of America’s greatest fighter pilots: the aces. This is the world’s most exclusive club for fighter pilots, earned only when you’ve achieved five air-to-air victories. This seemingly simple task is anything but. You’ll go inside some of the great air battles of World War II, all the way through Korea’s “MIG Alley”, to the skies over Vietnam.

The cunning, courage and calm of these men will inspire you. You’ll hear from legends like Chuck Yeager (search), the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. And Walker “Bud” Mahurin (search),  who suffered unimaginable torture during his 16 months as a POW. And you’ll also hear amazing stories from Jack Bolt (search), a member of the famous Black Sheep Squadron (search) and the last of the “Two War Aces.”

Staff for this episode:

Senior Producer: Pamela K. Browne

Produced and Written by:  Martin Hinton and Steven Tierney

Editor: Josh Parker

Designer: Greg Van Why