The Royal Air Force (RAF) is among the most gloried air forces in the history of air combat and the oldest independent air force in the world. Made with the full support and cooperation of the Royal Air Force Battle for the Skies is the definitive film history of the RAF from the early days of the Air Battalion and the Royal Flying Corps right up to it's role in the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars. This 90th anniversary edition is one of the most detailed and visually compelling aviation series ever made. EPISODE 1: USELESS FOR THE PURPOSE OF WAR: The story of the formation of the RAF concentrates on the evolution of aircraft development and the new art of air combat from the early aircraft of the 1900s to the squadrons of 1918. EPISODE 2: UNDER DISTANT SKIES: The story of the RAF in the '20s and '30s when it found a new role patrolling the distant reaches of the British Empire and thrilling crowds in Great Britain with air shows and acrobatic displays. EPISODE 3: FIGHTER COMMAND: A VICIOUS STING: A gripping action-packed account of RAF fighters from the biplanes of World War I through the Spitfires and Hurricanes of World War II and the classic air superiority fighters of the '50s and '60s. EPISODE 4: BOMBER COMMAND: STRIKE HARD STRIKE SURE: A comprehensive account of RAF bombers and bombing capabilities from the fledging attempts during World War I through the large-scale operations of RAF Bomber Command during World War II to the nuclear V-Force during the Cold War. EPISODE 5: THE SKY'S THE LIMIT: An action-packed program that features dramatic footage of the RAF in action during the modern era of air combat including the First and Second Gulf wars Afghanistan and the Falklands War. EPISODE 6: BY AIR BY SEA: The story of the RAF's maritime operations from the Royal Naval Air Service to the Nimrod with special emphasis on the vital role of RAF Coastal Command during World War II as well as the RAF's maritime and anti-submarine capabilities during the Cold War. EPISODE 7: SUPPLIES FROM THE SKY: The story of the RAF's transport role from the 1920s and 1930s when it supplied and reinforced the furthest reaches of the British Empire through the relief support and supply missions during the period from the Cold War to the Gulf conflicts. Run Time: 8 hours. 43 minutes.