Sponsored by Boeing Company and produced by the Documentary Group, The Age of Aerospace stands out as one of the Discovery Channel’s well received 2016 shows. The five-part documentary celebrated Boeing’s 100th anniversary by presenting an exhaustive look at the development and progress of the aviation industry. Following the Wright Brothers’ 1906 invention in Kitty Hawk, the nascent aviation industry--led in the United States by James McDonnell, Donald Douglas, and Bill Boeing--sputtered for a full decade before it meaningfully began gaining momentum.
The transportation, communication, and military uses of airplanes still were not well developed by the end of World War I, but this changed dramatically in the subsequent 20 years. World War II brought forth fast-paced innovation that included the creation of state-of-the-art planes, such as the North American P-51 Mustang and the B-29 Superfortress, which played a vital role in Allied victory. The documentary series also looks at commercial aviation advancements, from the pioneering Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet to the 787 Dreamliner, as well as space exploration.