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Pioneers In Aviation: The Race to the Moon

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Ch. Title Description # Day Date Time Length RPT CC DVS AD MD
36.1 The Early Years The birth of American aviation is chronicled from the Wright Brothers' earliest flights, through the turbulent era of the 1920s. "The Early Years" documents the captains of the Aviation Industry as young men as they design and construct planes for America's effort in World War I, begin flying the mail in the 1920s, and develop the first passenger airlines. (1 of 3)
101 WE 09/10/14 04:00am 00:55:55 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 The War Years "The War Years" documents the 1930s and 40s, as the clouds of war once again began to gather over Europe. Under Donald Douglas's leadership, and Dutch Kindelberger's guidance, the U.S. aviation industry unites to tackle the biggest production job in industrial history. With Boeing, Douglas, and North American Aviation factories working around the clock, they produce some of the most legendary aircraft in American history-giving the Allies air supremacy in both the European and Pacific theaters and, ultimately, victory in World War II. (2 of 3)
102 TH 09/11/14 04:00am 00:56:19 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.1 The Race to the Moon In 1957, the Soviet launch of Sputnik suddenly shifted the Cold War battlefield to space and heralded the decade-long Race to the Moon. As did his predecessors, President Kennedy turns to the captains of his Aviation Industry--with the century's greatest aerospace challenge. (3 of 3)
103 FR 09/12/14 04:00am 00:56:36 (RPT) (CC) × ST