The year is 1935. As Pan American Airways plans
its historic attempt to conquer the Pacific, the world is in a deep
economic depression. Franklin
Roosevelt has just been elected President of the United States – and
will remain so for an unprecedented 4 terms.
are only 48 states in the Union. Alaska and Hawaii will not be added
for almost 30 years. Prohibition has been repealed and thanks to Hollywood,
New York's Empire State building will forever have King Kong associated
The establishment of the trans-Pacific route
by Pan American Airways, a mere 32 years after the Wright Brothers'
Kitty Hawk success, overcame the greatest technological, geographical
and navigational challenges of the day.
Their fleet of flying boats
captured the world’s
imagination as they ushered in the age of global air travel.
Pan American World Airways' fabled China
Clipper left Alameda Marina, San Francisco on November
22, 1935. Under the command of Captain Edwin C. Musick, the flight
would reach Manila via Honolulu, Midway, Wake, and Guam. The inauguration
of overseas airmail service and commercial air flight across the
Pacific was a significant event for both the United States and