The Age of Aerospace explores the last 100 years of aviation history in unprecedented detail. From the Wright brothers first flight to the Apollo moon landings and beyond, the series highlights milestones in an industry defined by innovation. Woven into this history is the story of The Boeing Company. Today it stands as the largest aerospace company in the world, but over much of the last century it navigated an uncertain future through war and peace, booms and busts. The Age of Aerospace recounts the fate of a company, a country, and its people, and the countless contributions to technology, culture, and history they have made.
Sixty years after the launch of Sputnik satellites become the invisible infrastructure that power the world; it wasn't until the 1991 Gulf War that the public came to recognize the transformative power of GPS and communications satellites.
James McDonnell and his St. Louis-based McDonnell Aircraft transform naval aviation following WWII, bringing the first jet-powered fighter to American carrier decks; McDonnell Banshees, Voodoos and Phantoms become iconic defenders of the free world.