Designing a Fighter Jet
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Think like an engineer and aviator with Bob Dogwillo, Technical Lead Engineer at Boeing, as he discusses the processes used to develop and build the F-15 Fighter Jet.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Aviation-14**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • At the beginning of the video, Mr. Dogwillo describes the purpose for the F-15 aircraft he will talk about designing. After he does so, pause the video and ask students to share their ideas on what characteristics they believe a plane should possess to be able to meet the purpose described. If the purpose had been different, how might the characteristics of the plane also be different?
  • As the video continues, Mr. Dogwillo describes how the plane was designed to meet the Air Force’s purpose. Have students compare their answers to the question above to what Mr. Dogwillo describes about the design and they see images and video of the plane. What does this process of “meeting a specific purpose” tell students about the work of engineers?
  • After viewing the video, have students discuss what they’ve learned about the career of an engineer and what might or might not interest them about such a career.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.