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Back to the Future

Tech billionaires choose Southern California to launch their own space companies.

A Space Odyssey

The race to the moon is matched in dollars by a secret military program to dominate space.

The Big Chill

The Cold War funds the growth of L.A. while instilling fear of nuclear annihilation.


L.A. aircraft companies become America’s “arsenal of democracy” during World War II.

About Blue Sky Metropolis

"Blue Sky Metropolis" is the untold story of how aerospace was central to the growth of California and its emergence as an economic power. The documentary miniseries focuses on the people behind the aerospace movement and will feature many of the current major players in the aerospace industry in California, which is the hub of modern day aerospace engineering.

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