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NOVA: Who Killed the Red Baron?
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NOVA cracks the most celebrated whodunit in aviation history



Who Killed the Red Baron?

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On April 21, 1918, Germany's most feared fighter ace, Manfred von Richthofen, known as the "Red Baron," took off on patrol over the Somme Valley with his notorious red-painted "Flying Circus." What happened next has divided historians and air buffs for decades. NOVA's exciting new investigation of the Red Baron's death presents newly discovered documents that overturn the conventional theory of von Richthofen's demise. In accounting for the Baron's singular success, NOVA explores the origins of the first fighter planes and the evolution of aerial tactics. The show features thrilling re-enactments of hair-raising duels between the fragile fighters of World War I.

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ORIGINAL BROADCAST: Tuesday, 7/27/2010 at 8:00pm on CPTV

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