Amanda Wright Lane, great grand niece of Wilbur and
Orville Wright and trustee of the Wright Family
Foundation, which works to preserve the heritage of the
men who crystallized the promise of flight when they
took to the air at Kitty Hawk
Gretchen Boeing-Davidson, granddaughter of William
Boeing, founder of The Boeing Company who pioneered
commercial aviation in the United States with the
inauguration of the first national transport system.
James Kindelberger Graham, grandson of James Howard
"Dutch" Kindelberger, chairman and CEO of North American
Aviation and builder of some of the greatest aircraft of
the Second World War.
John McDonnell, son of James Smith McDonnell, founder of
McDonnell Aircraft, builder of the greatest fighters of
the Cold War era, and a leading figure in America's race
to the moon.
James and Malcolm Douglas, sons of Donald Wills Douglas,
founder of Douglas Aircraft and the aviation pioneer who
bestrode the era of flight as no one before or since.
Academics and military historians have embraced
"Pioneers In Aviation" as the definitive history of
American aviation on film, and the three-hour,
three-part series is shown in high schools, colleges and
universities across the United States.
The new HD production features newly-recovered
historical footage from the archives of Boeing, Douglas,
North American and McDonnell, including the Wright
brothers' famous 1908 Army flight trials at Fort Myer
outside of Washington, D.C., The 1942 Doolittle raid
featuring Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, The North American
P-51 Mustang in the skies over Berlin, A 19-year-old
Marilyn Monroe modeling the cabin features of the
Douglas DC-6, Test pilot Tex Johnston's legendary 1955
barrel-roll of a Boeing 707 over Lake Washington and
President Kennedy's 1961 visit to the McDonnell Aircraft
plant in St. Louis. "This is the story that gave birth
to the phrase 'American ingenuity'," Winship said.