Inside Mighty Machines: Series 1
Working alongside salvage teams, former NASA engineer Chad Zdenek takes apart huge machines piece by piece to figure out how they were built and how they worked; he explores the impact of each invention and how it changed the world.
Part 1: Jumbo Jet
Chad joins an aircraft-dismantling team in Mississippi as a Boeing 747 lands on the runway for the last time; Zdenek cuts his way through the cabin, cockpit and four jet engines to strip the plane into six million parts.
Part 2: Power Plant
Chad Zdenek heads to North Carolina to dismantle and then implode the Buck Steam Station, a nearly 100-year-old coal power plant built in the 1920s, which, at its peak, burned up to 20,000 tons of coal per day and powered up to a 1,000 homes.
Part 3: Hovercraft
Chad Zdenek joins a salvage team to tear apart the world’s biggest hovercraft and reveal the engineering innovations that made it a legend of its time; Chad joins the crew of an LCAC, the U.S. Navy’s state-of-the art military hovercraft.
Part 4: Deep Sea Oil Rig
Chad Zdenek joins a team that is dismantling the North Sea’s biggest oil rig; as the 400-foot-high monster is towed ashore, he reveals the story of how deep-water oil engineers raced to build an enormous machine to drill through the sea bed.
Part 5: Aircraft Carrier
Chad follows the mechanics, engineers and sailors who maintain the USS Carl Vinson, a U.S. aircraft carrier that is at the forefront of military technology.