- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: June 27, 2001
Here is the story of the two rivals who dominated the rise of international air travel.
Just a couple of generations ago, international travel was a rarity, within reach of only a small percentage of the population. Today, it is commonplace, and 100 million people fly between the U.S. and the rest of the world each year.
This incredible explosion was made possible, of course, by the development of modern air travel, which has largely obliterated the impact of time and distance. And the story of the creation and rise of this multi-billion dollar industry is inextricably tied to two bitter rivals: Juan Trippe and Howard Hughes. Trippe's Pan American Airways virtually created the air travel industry, while Hughes built TWA into Pan Am's greatest competitor. BATTLE FOR THE SKIES documents the obstacles each man encountered as they forged their empires, and details how they pushed each other to new innovations and accomplishments. The story is told with the help of extensive archival footage, expert commentary from industry insiders and historians, and personal insights from Trippe's son.
Revisit the days when Pan Am and TWA ruled the skies, and see how this legendary rivalry shaped the airline industry as we know it.