Pan Am Flight
Crew Remembers The Era Of Flying Boats
February 3, 2010 -
A panel of .
The panelists will
discuss the history, design and operations of Pan Am's flying boats,
with a focus on the icon of the age--the Boeing 314 Clipper. The program
will be illustrated with dozens of rare photographs from The Museum of
Flight Photo Archive. Engineer Robert Blake started working for Pan
American Airlines in
Pan Am Boeing 314 Clipper. Courtesy The
Pan American World Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was the "flagship"
international airline of the
A question and answer session follows the program and the panelists will
be available for signing Pan Am memorabilia. The presentation is at 2
p.m. in the
The Boeing 314 Clipper, responding to a request by Pan American Airlines
for a large airliner capable of flying across oceans in the mid-1930s,
Boeing--with a late entry to the design competition--developed the huge,
luxurious Model 314 flying boat. It joined the Pan Am "Clipper" fleet in
1939. With its two-deck cabin, it became the "jumbo" airplane of it's
With a range of 3,500 miles, the first scheduled trans-Atlantic Clipper flight was June 28, 1939. By 1940 the 314s were routinely flying across the Pacific. Clipper passengers enjoyed large windows, dressing rooms and gourmet meals served in a dining salon. The flying boat could seat up to 74 passengers, or in an overnight "sleeper" configuration with 40 bunks. A dozen Model 314s were built by the end of 1941. With World War II, Clippers were used as military transports. There are no surviving examples of the plane today.
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