The Best Moments From Season 1 of ‘Masters of The Air,’ According to Fans!

With episode 9 of Apple TV’s WWII series, ‘Masters of The Air’ bidding farewell to the Eighth Air Force, fans aren’t quite ready to say goodbye to their beloved co-pilots–and neither are we! In honor of the good times and even lesser so cheerful moments from the historical drama series, here are the best moments of Season 1 according to fans!

Buck Dances With Meatball, The Dog!

During the first episode of the series, Maj. Gale “Buck” Cleven (Austin Butler) has a heartwarming scene with a husky dog named Meatball, as the two slow dance at the military dance hall.

Fans couldn’t help but fall even more in love with Buck, as the dashing young pilot is already at the center of viewers’ attention! Though short lived, this adorable moment between the airman and pup is one scene that fans and dog lovers won’t soon forget!

The Arrival of The Tuskegee Airmen!

Episode 8 saw the inclusion of one of the most famous groups of airmen during WWII: the Tuskegee Airmen! Fans were introduced to 2nd Lt. Alexander Jefferson (Branden Cook) and his two co-pilots, 2nd Lt. Robert H. Daniels (Ncuti Gatwa) and 2nd Lt. Richard Macon (Josiah Cross), who made brief appearances as fellow POWs alongside Buck and Bucky at Stalag Luft III.

After the trio are shot down over France, they undergo questioning by S.S. Nazi officers, to which none of the airmen comply with. After the failed interrogation attempt by the Nazis, the men connect with Buck and Bucky, before planning an escape akin to The Great Escape (1963).

Rosenthal Leaps Out of A Burning Plane!

Fans were gripping their seats during the series finale scene of Robert “Rosie” Rosenthal (Nate Mann) jumping out of a burning, B-17 bomber and deploying his parachute as the aircraft plummets towards Berlin!

After making a rough landing in the middle of an active battlefield, Rosie crawls his way through the ensuing gunfire and into the company of Russian allies.

This fan-favorite, hotshot pilot has survived being shot down twice, over the course of his 52 missions for the 100th Bomb Group–making him among the luckiest airmen in the Eighth Air Force!

Buck and Bucky Reunite!

After being marched into a German town by their Nazi captors, Buck and Bucky encounter a massive fight breaking out between German troops, townsfolk and prisoners–providing the group a window to escape.

Though Bucky gets left behind in the violent scuffle, his separation with Buck is short lived, thanks to the war coming to an end. With Buck at home and unsure of Bucky’s fate–a familiar voice calls out to him over the plane’s radio to assure him that he’s back in one piece, leaving fans teary-eyed knowing the pair of boys are back home together!

All episodes of Masters of The Air are available to stream on AppleTV+

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