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Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon

The War Years (2 of 3) (#102)

Documents the 1930s and 1940s, as the clouds of war once again began to gather over Europe. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: PIONEERS IN AVIATION: THE RACE TO THE MOON captures every significant event in aviation history, from the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk and the birth of the airlines to the triumphant Apollo moon landing. The three-part documentary uses archival footage and newsreels, along with commentary from aviation scholars, to profile industry pioneers William Boeing, Donald Douglas, Dutch Kindelberger and James McDonnell. Some of the newly rediscovered and never-before-seen footage includes General Jimmy Doolittle's legendary 1942 Tokyo raid, the famous 1924 "Round-the-World Flight," a rare glimpse inside the wartime factories at Boeing, Douglas and North American Aviation and President John F. Kennedy's eloquent 1963 speech which set forth the goals of the Mercury Space Program. Episodes: "The Early Years," "The War Years" and "The Race to the Moon."

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  • The Early Years (1 of 3) (#101)

    Details the birth of aviation from the Wright Brothers' earliest flights to the turbulent 1920s. [55 minutes]

  • The Race to the Moon (3 of 3) (#103)

    Post-war America is locked in an ideological struggle with the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 1960s. [56 minutes]

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