News Columns & Blogs

National Geographic Channel shoots making of a Learjet for its "Megafactories" show

WICHITA — The National Geographic Channel is in Wichita shooting at Bombardier Learjet for its "Megafactories" show.

"Megafactories lifts the lid on how millions of your everyday products and iconic designs begin life on the assembly line," according to the show's website.

When the show contacted Bombardier Learjet, it wasn't a difficult decision, says manager of communications Peggy Gross.

"It will be a story of basically how does a Learjet get built?" she says.

Gross calls it "great exposure" for the company, so there was "absolutely no hesitation about doing this."

A crew has been here two weeks and will wrap shooting on Friday.

The show will follow the making of one customer's plane. Since it normally takes months to built a Learjet, some of the steps in the process will feature similar planes instead of that customer's plane.

Gross says one of the most thrilling moments of shooting came when she accompanied the crew in a plane that flew in formation with the customer's plane on a test flight.

"That was fabulous."

She says National Geographic crew members have remarked how nice and helpful everyone at the plant has been.

"Everybody has done their best to support them," she says.

The show will air in early 2012. We'll let you know the show time as soon as it's scheduled.