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. The 2018 webinar series includes five individual webinars, each focusing on specific companies and their contributions to the commercial, military and transport aircraft industries. During each webinar, Dr. Roskam provides interesting facts and historical details on a wide variety of airplane development programs, industry innovations, successes and failures. 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. Registration for each live webinar is $50 per person.
- Curtiss made several types of fighter airplanes during WWII; the most well-known of these were the Warhawk series. Curtiss also produced the Commando transport which did Yeoman service on the "Hump" during WWII.
- Bell manufactured the innovative Airacora and Kingcobra fighters of WWII, as well as the first U.S. jet fighter,the Airacomet. They also developed several X-planes, including the famous X-1, which was the first to break the sound barrier.
- AVRO-Canada and De Havilland Canada produced many successful airplanes. The short-lived AVRO Jetliner was the second jet transport to fly. They also developed the Canuck and Arrow jet fighters. De Havilland Canada produced a long line of civil and military transport airplanes. The Beaver, Otter, Caribou and Dash7 and Dash8 will be discussed.
- Find out how Canadair came about and how it transitioned into today's Bombardier, which also includes Learjet. Airplanes like the Canadair Scooper and CL-600 Challenger (an original Learjet design), as well as the Learjet 23, 24, 25, 36 and 55 will be discussed. Finally, the Bombardier series of regional jets and the recent CS100 and CS300 jet transports will be discussed.