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Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon

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

In 1957, the Soviet launch of Sputnik suddenly shifted the Cold War battlefield to space and marked the beginning of the decade-long Race to the Moon. [56 minutes] TV-G 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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These episodes of Pioneers in Aviation: The Race to the Moon aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.

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