The Age of Aerospace

An 8-Part series exploring the last 100 years of aviation history in unprecedented detail. From the Wright brothers first flight to the Apollo moon landings and beyond, experience the history of an industry defined by innovation. Woven into this history is The Boeing Company, which has navigated war and peace, booms and busts, to become the largest aerospace company in the world. The Age of Aerospace recounts the fate of a company, a country, its people, and their countless contributions to technology, culture, and history.

  • What Can’t We Do? The premiere episode reveals how Bill Boeing, Donald Douglas, James McDonnell and their contemporaries took the invention of the airplane and forged an industry, delivering advancements in communication, transportation, and warfare

  • Miracle Planes details the role American industry and planes, including the B-29 Superfortress, North American P-51 Mustang and the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, played in the Allied victory over Germany and Japan

  • Shrinking the Earth explores three planes that launched the jet age: the B-47 bomber, the Boeing 707 and the 747 Jumbo Jet, the world’s first jumbo jet that reshaped global air travel. These three planes were made possible by secrets discovered in a German Forest at the close of WWII

  • In the Vastness of Space tells the story of Project Apollo, which accomplished landing the first humans on the Moon, and humankind’s first journey to the Moon on Apollo 8. Other topics include humanity’s future in space

  • Dreamliner reveals the technology, resources, and risk required to build commercial aircraft in the modern world through the story of the most recent revolution in jet design, the 787 Dreamliner.

  • The First Space War: 60 years since the launch of Sputnik, satellites have become the invisible infrastructure that powers our modern world. But it wasn't until the 1991 Gulf War that the public came to recognize the transformative power of GPS and communications satellites.

  • The Spirits from St. Louis: James McDonnell and his St. Louis based McDonnell Aircraft transform naval aviation following WWII, bringing the first jet-powered fighter to American carrier decks. McDonnell Banshees, Voodoos and Phantoms become iconic defenders of the free world.

  • Going Vertical: Piasecki's Machine: The CH-47 Chinook has been a fixture in the skies for over 50 years and is projected to round out a century in operation. Its success can be attributed to a fundamental simplicity of design, and to one man: Frank Piasecki. Driven to innovate, many of Piasecki's designs are only now being fully appreciated. Going Vertical: Piasecki’s Machine chronicles the challenges and breakthroughs this visionary engineer encountered as he tested the boundaries of impossible.

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