From ridiculously complicated product lifecycle management scenarios to some of the most futuristic manufacturing tech ever seen, few industries are quite like the aerospace industry.

While we may be a few years off from some really, really futuristic stuff trickling down to Coach—and even, First—Class, it’s safe to say that we’ve come a long way where aircraft design and manufacturing is concerned.


And there’s no better way to further understand this than to take a look back at how airplanes used to be designed—like, nearly 100 years ago.

In this epic recently-unearthed footage, we get a 45-minute play-by-play of aircraft manufacturing from 1918 that documents everything from gathering raw materials to what life was like in a pre–Henry Ford assembly line factory:



Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.