National Geographic, in collaboration with Rex, just announced a new documentary series (currently awaiting its official title) offering an inside view into the world of U.S. Navy student pilots working to join the ranks of elite strike fighter pilots.
The docuseries will show viewers the Advanced Flight Training Program, some would say like a real-life Top Gun. Capturing the journeys of aspiring naval aviators as they undertake challenging flight tests, the series includes daunting tasks such as landing on an aircraft carrier at sea. In addition to seeing the competitors in flight, the docuseries will also give an inside look within classrooms, outside the base, and at home.
The series will closely follow a diverse group of Navy student pilots. “This series transcends the mere spectacle of fighter jets,” said Tom McDonald, EVP of Global Factual and Unscripted Content at National Geographic. “It delves deep into the personal narratives of these extraordinary individuals. Each one possesses a unique story, and we consider it a privilege to share their experiences with millions of viewers worldwide.”
Only the most equipped individuals in the competition will earn the prized opportunity to pilot the F-35C Lightning II, which is advanced jet technology.
“Their emotional journeys are the cornerstone of this narrative, elevating the series to a level of authenticity that is both compelling and relatable. We are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to present this distinctive project to our audience,” said Tanya Shaw, Managing Director at Zinc Television
The docuseries is set to air on National Geographic, but a release date has yet to be announced.