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Ten-part series Mega Machines unlocks the secrets of iconic machines, such as roller coasters, bullet trains, and cargo planes. Transforming our understanding of the machines around us, the series goes inside, under, over, and through them, revealing how they were built, how they work, how they fail, and how they have evolved. Episodes will look at the Griffon 12000TD hovercraft that skims effortlessly across water, concrete and even rocks at over 50mph, making it the ultimate all-terrain passenger vehicle; the Airfish 8, a unique breed of passenger vehicle, which is longer and heavier than a bus and can skim over water at 120 miles per hour; the Sikorsky built S-92 Helicopter, an evolution of the legendary Blackhawk military chopper; and Italy's Aprilia RSV4, the most advanced superbike in the world.
The Sikorsky S-92 helicopter battles some of the world's most dangerous seas to rescue offshore oil rig workers. This feat of engineering is equipped with jet engines and state-of-the-art technology to save the day when trouble rolls in.
The world's largest production cargo plane must carry a record-breaking load in a race against the clock. The Antonov 124 is an air monster that can swallow 3 Apache helicopters whole and features engines with more thrust than eight F16 fighter jets.
Faster than any ship and stronger than most planes, the Airfish 8 is a flying ship that can move over water at 120 miles per hour.
One of the most advanced motorcycles ever built, the ultra-light superbike Aprilia RSV4 boasts world-class agility, acceleration, and power.
The Helix roller coaster at Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden is one of the greatest rides ever built, featuring state-of-the-art engineering to rocket thrill seekers to speeds of over 60 miles per hour.
Ice is no match for the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, a 15,000-ton icebreaker of the Canadian Coast Guard that patrols the dangerous water of the Arctic Ocean; the icebreaker's cutting-edge engineering smashes the thickest of ice to keep shipping lanes safe for cargo ships.
The Mack Superliner is a record-breaking monster truck that can haul huge loads across the dangerous dirt roads of the Australian Outback. Weighing up to 100 tons fully loaded with grain, the $300,000 Road Train type truck consists of three 30-foot-long trailers.
Japan's bullet trains, aka the N700A Shinkansen, are some of the fastest in the world at 180 miles per hour. They have cutting-edge engineering safely moving 150 million people every year with extraordinary speed, quietness, and efficiency in one of the most geologically active countries in the world.
World's Greatest Hovercraft: The world's most advanced passenger hovercraft, the Griffon 12000TD, can defy gravity at speeds of 50 miles per hour, and its state-of-the-art engineering helps it dodge cruise ships and cargo traffic on crowded waters. Featured are the Island Flyer and the Solent Flyer that run between Portsmouth, UK and the Isle of Wight.
The EMD SD70 ACe locomotive leads one of the largest trains in the world, a 1.6-mile-long monster hauling 24,000 tons of iron ore in 240 cars 260 miles through the Labrador wilderness to the Canadian port of Sept-Îles.
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