For more than four years, the world’s two largest aerospace companies, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, have been fiercely competing for a contract that would forever change aviation history. At stake is the future of military fighter aircrafts, with the winner securing total domination of the U.S. defense industry. In their pursuit of victory, both companies have spared no expense in creating unparalleled technologies to ensure their success in this high-tech, high-stakes competition.
NOVA has gone behind closed doors to capture classified meetings and flown inside the cockpits of revolutionary planes to uncover this riveting story. This in-depth documentary takes viewers on a journey through Boeing’s Phantom Works and Lockheed’s iconic Skunk Works as we observe key moments during the development process. From flight test centers at Edwards Air Force Base and Patuxnet Naval Air Station to conversations with military brass, engineers and test pilots; Battle of the X-Planes offers unprecedented access to a groundbreaking project that could shape America’s national security for decades to come.
The winning aircraft must be stealthy, affordable and versatile—capable of fulfilling the varied needs of multiple branches within the armed forces. As engineers race against time to build something truly remarkable before a deadline imposed by Congress itself, NOVA brings us face to face with daring designs combined with devastating setbacks. Through its thrilling combination of aerial cinematography (including never before seen footage from inside planes!) and interviews with those closest involved in this dramatic story, Battle of The X-Planes gives viewers an unprecedented window into an epic battle for history’s most lucrative military contract.
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