Band of Brothers, a 10-part depiction of the journey of a parachute regiment – Easy Company – across the Western Front and towards Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest outpost, was a landmark moment in television history. It formed the first part of a triptych looking at American participation in the Second World War. Band of Brothers told the story of infantrymen deployed across Europe, while, almost 10 years later, the show’s creators reunited for The Pacific, a vivid retelling of naval warfare in the Eastern theatre. Now, with another decade in the rearview mirror, the air force is having its time in the sun, with Masters of the Air starting this week on Apple TV+. This loose trilogy of shows, which depict the three main branches of the US Army, were all produced by the powerhouse Hollywood duo of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, with key collaborators including Gary Goetzman and John Orloff binding together a singular vision of American military history.