In the air war over Afghanistan, the War Birds of the US Armed Forces, quickly commanded the skies. Among these thundering jets: the B-52 bomber, which recently celebrated its fiftieth year of flight, and the F-14 Tomcat, arguably the world’s most recognized fighter jet. This program takes the audience into the cockpit for a rare look at how the crews of these aircraft train and carry out their missions in Operation Enduring Freedom. CNN National Correspondent Frank Buckley also takes the ride of his life in the Navy’s newest fighter jet – the F/A-18F Super Hornet – and meets the air wing of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as the squadron that will be first to fly the Super Hornet in combat prepares for battle. Produced and Directed by Craig Duff and written by Duff and Frank Buckley. Aired July 28 & 29, 2002 (with several reruns).