Examine the early days of aviation and what led Bill Boeing to industrialize the Wright Brothers’ invention, in this video from WGBH and The Documentary Group. One hundred years ago, air shows thrilled large crowds of people. Even though the wood, wire, and cloth airplanes were noisy and somewhat unsafe, they caught Boeing’s imagination. He embarked on building an airplane manufacturing business, filling military orders at first. When World War I ended, he began making planes to transport the mail. Through airmail transportation, Boeing set the groundwork for today’s domestic airline network. This resource is part of the Aerospace Engineering Collection.