Cold Warriors (Number 38):
During the years of superpower stand-off between the US/NATO and the Soviet Union, Central Europe was ground zero for military build-ups and for any potential conflicts.
Examine the powerful tank and infantry divisions, attack helicopters, surface-to-surface missiles and airborne forces arrayed on each side of the "Iron Curtain".
Explore some of the key events that shaped the course of the Cold War in Europe, witness the awesome firepower assembled by both sides, and understand how civilians and the military lived under the mutual threat of nuclear destruction.
Close Air Support (Number 39):
Close air support (CAS) is the use of military aircraft in a ground-attack role against targets in close proximity to friendly forces. With aircraft serving as "airborne artillery" in direct support of troops, CAS requires detailed integration with the fire and movement of ground forces.
Learn how the CAS mission has developed, from World War II to the wars in the Gulf.
Discover how aircraft such as the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka and the modern A-10 Thunderbolt II have forged their reputations in the demanding CAS role, and follow the development of their related weaponry.
Surface-To-Air (Number 40):
In the 19th century, military balloon were targeted by artillery pieces. In WWI, machine guns took aim at early planes. Since then, air defence has rapidly developed into a sophisticated network of radar, communications and anti-aircraft missilbes to provide a virtual shield in the sky.
Explore the development of long-range anti-aircraft artillery, resulting in the high-performance guns of World War II, such as the classic German "Eighty-Eight".
Fleet Air Defence (Number 41):
Faced with the threat of increasingly advanced naval strike aircraft and air-launched anti-ship missiles, the defence of the fleet is as important today as it was to the US Navy in the Pacific during World War I.
Understand how a combination of carrier fighters, guns and ship-launched missiles provide layers of effective defence against a range of airborne intruders.
Follow the development of the maritime air threast, from the kamikaze suicide raider of Wolrd War II to the missile-armed Soviet bombers of the Cold War era, and examine the defences created to defeat them.