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Zeppelin Terror Attack-Program on NOVA Jan 15th

Airing January 15, 2014 at 9 pm (ET) on PBS.

In the early days of World War I, Germany, determined to bring its British 
enemies to their knees, launched a new kind of terror campaign: bombing 
civilians from the sky. But the aircraft delivering the lethal payloads 
werenâ??t planes. They were Zeppelins, enormous airships, some the length of 
two football fields. With a team of engineers, explosives experts, and 
historians, NOVA investigates the secrets behind these deadly war machines. 
â??Zeppelin Terror Attackâ?? explores the technological arms race that unfolded 
as Britain desperately scrambled to develop defenses that could neutralize the 
threat, while Germany responded with ever bigger and more powerful Zeppelins. 
Why were these German monsters of the sky, filled with highly flammable 
hydrogen gas, so difficult to shoot down? How were their massive gas bags 
pieced together from the intestines of millions of cows? Experts reconstruct 
and detonate deadly WWI incendiary bombs and test fire antique flaming bullets, 
all to discover how the British came up with the unique artillery that would 
finally take down the biggest flying machines ever made.