Webinars

The KU Aerospace short Course Program is proud to collaborate with Dr. Jan Roskam, Ackers Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas and founder of the Aerospace Short Course Program to present the History of Airplane Design webinar series. Each webinar focuses on specific companies and their contributions to the commercial, military and transport aircraft industries. This is your opportunity to learn from a legend in aircraft design how some of today's best known companies got started, persevered or went bankrupt, merged or made it on their own.

Each webinar is presented live, and will not be available for viewing following the live presentation.

Courses & Events

Enroll in all five 2018 History of Airplane Design webinars, and save $50 (you get one webinar free!) The cost for this five-webinar package is $200. (Please note: this package price expires on March 13, 2018.)

This package includes the following webinars:
  • Tupolev, Yakovlev, Sukhoi and Anonov (3/14/2018)
  • Gloster, Blackburn, Hawker and Bristol (5/9/2018)
  • Curtiss, Bell, AVRO-Canada, De Havilland-Canada, Canadair, Learjet and Bombardier (7/11/2018)
  • Westland, English Electric, Folland, Fairey and Miles (9/12/2018)
  • Ilyushin, MIG, Bloch, Dassault, Breguet and Fouga (11/14/18)

This webinar will provide an overview of the contributions of five of Germany's major airplane companies to military and civil aviation before, during and after WWII.
This webinar will discuss how today's Northrop-Grumman arose and how Republic and Fairchild came to their demise.
These famous former Soviet airplane designers had their own OKB (Design Bureau) and also carried high military ranks. Many interesting design features of their airplanes will be discussed, and compared with typical western design practices.

Save $50 (get one webinar free) when you register for all five 2018 History of Airplane Design webinars. The cost to enroll in the webinar series is $200.


Dr. Jan Roskam continues his historical review of four more airplane manufacturing companies. From WWII attack fighters to cargo and passenger airplanes, you will gain valuable insight into their design processes, successes and failures.

Save $50 (get one webinar free) when you register for all five 2018 History of Airplane Design webinars. The cost to enroll in the webinar series is $200.


From the first plane to break the sound barrier to today's Bombardier, Dr. Jan Roskam will provide an in-depth look at projects, planes and processes pioneered by these seven companies.

Save $50 (get one webinar free) when you register for all five 2018 History of Airplane Design webinars. The cost to enroll in the webinar series is $200.


In this webinar, Dr. Jan Roskam takes you "across the pond" to profile five British aircraft manufacturers.

Save $50 (get one webinar free) when you register for all five 2018 History of Airplane Design webinars. The cost to enroll in the webinar series is $200.


From the most produced military airplane (ever), to a glider manufacturer who ended up developing a very successful series of jet trainers, this webinar delves into two Russian and four French aircraft manufacturing companies -highlighting their innovations, successes and failures.

Save $50 (get one webinar free) when you register for all five 2018 History of Airplane Design webinars. The cost to enroll in the webinar series is $200.