Flying Boat Links


' Sikorsky S-42A Antilles Clipper landing at Dinner Key, Miami'
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IAN MARSHALL, Flying Boats, The J-Class Yachts of Aviation


 A wonderfully designed website full of great information about The Golden Age of Aviation.  They have a great collection of hard to find books, models and posters at the Post Flight Shop.

The SEAWINGS web site, the largest flying boat reference web site in the world and the home of the flying boat - in detail - on the web; specializing in providing information for the scale modeler, historian and enthusiast in the form of historic photographs, plans and articles and many, many other reference details.

The China Clipper, Pan American Airways and Popular Culture, illustrates the way in which the Clipper, as icon, pervaded all facets of American life. Larry Weirather's excellent book about the cultural impact of the China Clipper is a great read. If you're a Clipper enthusiast or interested in popular culture you will enjoy this thoroughly researched book.

image  Pan American's Pacific Pioneers    Jon Krupnick's Website, like his book, it is filled with terrific information. Jon adds new information as it becomes available.

image  The Flying Boat - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia     A seaplane is an aircraft that is designed to take off and alight on water utilizing a carriage and pontoons that maintains the fuselage above water level. A flying boat is a type of aircraft which uses its fuselage as a floating hull, supported on the water surface by underwing floats.


Pan American World Airways 1927-1991      Its stated purpose is to preserve the heritage of Pan American World Airways, the peopCCho built her and those that tried so valiantly to keep her flying. A great site!

 The Flying Boat Airliner

      The flying boat airliner dominated international airline service in the 1920s and 1930s.  Although aerodynamically less efficient than streamlined landplanes, flying boats could provide scheduled passenger service to any city with a sheltered harbor, which made them the ideal international airliner at a time when runways capable of handling large aircraft were scarce.

image The China Clipper, by Robert Gandt. A history of the boats, their builders and operators, with an emphasis on the most famous--Pan American's Pacific flyers. China Clipper was published in 1991 by the Naval Institute Press. It traces the development of the commercial flying boat, from the ponderous craft of Glenn Curtis and Igor Sikorsky and Claudius Dornier, to the magnificent Boeing B-314 and the Latecoere 600.


image Ad*Access: Pan American World Airways Advertising: 1938-1942  Ad*Access is a pilot project of Duke University, to make a selection of historical advertisements available for study and research. Included at this URL is PAA Advertising.


 The Boeing B 314  The Clipper Flight Simulator for Microsoft FS2000, FS2002 and CFS2


The China Clipper    A Web page provided by


Pan Am Documentary Project: An initiative organized to produce a prime time television documentary and companion DVD-ROM chronicling and examining the history of Pan American World Airways.

image  Pan American-Grace Airways -  The World's Friendliest Airline. A historical look at Pan Am's glory days.

image  Pan American-Queen of the Skies.  A historical look at Pan Am's - glory days



Pan American World Airways Page: Some promotional materials are presented here.


image  Pan American World Airways, Inc., Records 1927 to 1991    Pan Am records are located at the Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. The records consist of approximately 600 cubic feet of files. A preliminary inventory of 240 pages provides a brief overview of the contents of the files and is available for purchase.

image   Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives    This Foundation is dedicated to acquiring, preserving and protecting the historical materials that chronicle the aviation careers of Igor Sikorsky, the companies he founded and the accomplishments of its employees.



image The Foynes Flying Boat Museum features a full scale Pan America Airways Flying Boat Mock-up!    During the 1930s and early 1940s, the Port of Foynes was the fulcrum point for air traffic between the United States and Europe. The famous flying boats were frequent visitors, carrying a diverse range of people, from Royalty to refugees.

 is the virtual Pan Am museum. The site was created to share some of the history and personality of Pan American World Airways through company issued publications artifacts and memorabilia.





The Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum    The Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum has been established to maintain an educational institution dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and documentation of aviation history in Maryland, namely, the contributions of Glenn L. Martin and his successful company.

Great Historical background on the US - Japanese Cold War  in the 1930s


 Riding the Reef, by Carol Nickisher. Photos of S.S. North Haven, Pan American Clippers and Wake Island in 1936. From the collection of William 'Burt' Voortmeyer.   Burt lived on Wake during the construction of the passenger facilities - including the grand hotel.  His accounts are vivid and thrilling. His daughter, Carol, writes as only a loving daughter can about a world that seems as distant as the moon. 



A Modern Day Flying Boat Amphibian for the all the ICON’s sport aircraft  They are designed to deliver an amazing and safe flying experience. They also inspire us the way great sports cars do. After years of development with some of the world’s best aerospace engineers and industrial designers, ICON Aircraft has released the first of its line of sport planes, the ICON A5. The A5 is a bold yet elegant design that communicates beauty, performance, safety, and most importantly… fun.


Chasing the Sun - PBS    A companion website to Chasing the Sun, a history of commercial aviation. Based on the book Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation by T.A. Teppenheimer. Excellent site with good information on Pan Am and the Flying Clippers.

Museum of Flight    Museum located in Seattle, Washington supported in large part by Boeing.

Goleta Air & Space Museum    This site's primary themes are aviation, astronomy, and astronautics. You'll find many original photographs taken at air shows, air museums, and airports. Of special interest are the photographs of the "Spruce Goose" on the Giant Aircraft page.

The New England Air Museum    Featuring the VS-44A Trans Atlantic Flying Boat. The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, non-profit educational institution organized in 1959. Located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, the Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England.

American Air Mail Society    The AAMS was founded in 1923, and is the second oldest aerophilatelic society in the world with over 1,500 members worldwide.

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Other links

Present Day Application of Flying Boats

Antilles Seaplanes

Flying Contraptions

Pan Am Clipper Airliners

The Epic Struggle for the Pacific Airways

Created on ... February 09, 2007

Updated on... October 28, 2011

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