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The first part of the documentary tells the stories of aviation pioneers such as Otto Lilienthal, the Wright brothers or Louis Blériot, who realised their dream of flying against all odds. Women were also fascinated by flying, but they had a much harder time asserting themselves in this male-dominated world. Nevertheless, they set records, like the American Amelia Earhart, who was the first woman to cross the Atlantic in her plane.

The two-part documentary tells of the race to develop the first fighter plane, of so-called "flying races" and of the invention of the world's first passenger plane.