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China Clipper in Hawaii | by Konabish ~ Greg Bishop
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China Clipper in Hawaii

"Pan Am's China Clipper prepares for another flight on November 23, 1935"


The 'China Clipper' brought images of enchanting flights to tropical islands... right alongside the excitement of Indianna Jones' adventures! The 'clipper' was purposely intended to reflect the predecessor clipper ships that sailed the world seas.


Some interesting background on this photo, from Wiki: "...three Martin M-130 four-engine flying boats built for Pan American Airways and was used to inaugurate the first commercial transpacific air service from San Francisco to Manila in November, 1935. Built at a cost of $417,000 by the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, it was delivered to Pan Am on October 9, 1935.


On November 22, 1935 it took-off from Alameda, California in an attempt to deliver the first airmail cargo across the Pacific Ocean. Although its inaugural flight plan called for the China Clipper to fly over the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge (still under construction at the time), upon take-off the pilot realized the plane would not clear the structure, and was forced to narrowly fly under the bridge instead. .... after traveling via Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Guam, the airplane reached its destination of Manila on November 29, and delivered over 110,000 pieces of mail. The crew for this flight included Edwin C. Musick as Pilot and Fred Noonan as Navigator. The inauguration of ocean airmail service and commercial air flight across the Pacific was a significant event for both California and the world. Its departure point is California Historical Landmark #968 and can be found in Naval Air Station Alameda, near San Francisco.


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Taken on November 23, 1935