Pioneers in Aviation

Pioneers in Aviation

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 7:00pm

Pictured, Donald Douglas with FDR on the eve of World War II, 1940.

Credit: APT

Witness every significant aviation event, from the Wright Brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk and the birth of the airlines to the Apollo moon landing.

Pioneers in Aviation, airing Monday, July 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World, employs recently restored historical footage from the Boeing, Douglas, McDonnell and North American Aviation film archives to profile four legendary aviation pioneers. The three-part documentary series weaves the stories of William Boeing, Donald Douglas, Dutch Kindelberger and James McDonnell together with commentary from some of the United States' foremost aviation scholars. Some of the more memorable sequences include the famous 1924 "Round-the-World Flight," Tex Johnston's barrel-roll of the Boeing 707 and a 19-year-old Marilyn Monroe modeling the cabin features and Pullman berth of the new Douglas DC-6 airliner.


The Early Years airs from 7 - 8 p.m.

The War Years airs from 8 - 9 p.m.

The Race to the Moon airs from 9 - 10 p.m.

All three episodes encore Tuesday, July 9 from 2 to 5 p.m.