On TV – Dambusters building the Bouncing Bomb


I love a good Dambusters documentary – so I don’t know how I missed this one in 2011 when it first aired on Channel 4. But the good news is, it’s back – and I noticed from the trailer it has the crew from Buffalo Airways from the fantastic ‘Ice Pilots’ series.

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.

If you didn’t catch it last year, tune in on Friday 17th May, 9pm on More4 – more info is here

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