Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon
The War Years (2 of 3) (#102)
With all of Western Europe a German stronghold by the summer of 1940, and England under attack, President Roosevelt declares America's aviation industry must become "the Arsenal of Democracy." [56 minutes]
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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These episodes of Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.