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Chasing the Sun 

The history and romance of 20th-century commercial passenger aviation.
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Ken Howard ...  Narrator 4 episodes, 2001
Rene Auberjonois 4 episodes, 2001
Neil Ross 4 episodes, 2001
Dan Woren 3 episodes, 2001
Wally Burr Wally Burr 2 episodes, 2001
John Erwin 2 episodes, 2001
Nicholas Guest 2 episodes, 2001
Vanessa Marshall 2 episodes, 2001
Michael McConnohie 2 episodes, 2001
Jean-Paul Vignon 2 episodes, 2001
Greg Allen Johnson Greg Allen Johnson 2 episodes, 2001
Danny McMaster Danny McMaster 2 episodes, 2001
Marion Ross 2 episodes, 2001
Dave Walsh Dave Walsh 2 episodes, 2001
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This 4-part documentary mini-series traces the development of commercial passenger aviation in the 20th century, from the Wright Brothers to the Concorde and beyond. In episode 1, "Heroes and Daredevils" rule the skies after the Wrights invent the first controllable powered airplane. Air travel is expensive, dangerous, and slow. Air mail becomes the big money-maker for the fledgling airlines after World War I. Passengers are not a priority--if there is room, they sit among the bags of mail. The public's interest in air travel is piqued by the adventures of Charles Lindbergh and the writings of his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, perhaps the most well-known airplane passenger. In episode 2, "The Visionaries" develop new aircraft and build the infrastructure for worldwide air travel. Designers and engineers such as Donald Douglas, the Lockheed brothers, Jack Northrop, and William Boeing construct larger, faster, and safer airplanes, while airline executives such as Juan Trippe of Pan ... Written by yortsnave

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PBS

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USA

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English

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2 July 2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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