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    Inside Mighty Machines

    S1 E1 Jumbo Jet

    The first Boeing 747 took to the sky in 1969 and changed the aviation industry forever. This iconic plane ushered in a new golden age of air travel, but now it's being grounded for good to make way for more modern, fuel-efficient aircraft. Host Chad Zdenek joins a dismantling team in Mississippi to help break down one of the retired planes and reveal the five engineering innovations that made this "Queen of the Skies" a record-breaker.

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What are the five engineering innovations that made the 747 the game-changer of aviation? What makes a power plant's giant turbine rotor blades spin at incredible speeds? What does it take to keep a floating city in perfect working order during critical overseas missions? Former NASA rocket engineer Chad Zdenek takes apart some of the world's mightiest machines and uncovers their secrets. Join him on his mission to go "under the hood" of these massive conquerors of air, land, and sea.
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