Series 1 - Episode 1 Groundschool

Tue 4 Feb 1:05am - 1:30am PBS America


You may fancy yourself as Lieutenant Maverick in Top Gun, but flying £30 million-worth worth of jet bomber is a daunting responsibility and requires intense training. This straightforward documentary, narrated by Ewan McGregor, follows a group of Tornado GR4 students at a Scottish airbase as they grapple with the realities of learning to pilot such an expensive piece of kit. Not all pass with flying colours.

It’s a serious business, but there are laughs and a fair amount of macho larking about – although, as Squadron Leader Howe Edwards knows from his own experience, night-time bombing missions are no laughing matter.


Following seven pilots and five navigators on a gruelling six-month course learning to fly the Tornado GR4 bomber - the RAF's primary attack aircraft. Ewan McGregor narrates.