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


Sikorsky S-42A Cutaway

image       The Flying Clippers The best place to start learning about The Flying Clippers of Pan American Airways. They have a wonderfully designed website full of great information about The Golden Age of Aviation. They have hard to find books, models and posters in the Post Flight Shop.

image   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 B. Voortmeyer

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.

imageThe Flying Boat - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia     A seaplane is an aircraft that is designed to take off and alight on water utilising 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.

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

image   China Diaries: A saga of the days in China just before Pearl Harbor   Not Young Adult but a wonderful story for the more mature. The bulk of the novel takes place in the latter part of 1941 when the Japanese bombed the Western Coast of China including Hong Kong and the many islands in the Pacific (Pearl Harbor, Wake, Guam, etc). Imperial Japan was intent on a holocaust in Asia equal to Hitler's attempt to exterminate Europe's Jewish population. Against the Asian backdrop of terror, protagonist Alex Cannon, a Pan Am Clipper Pilot, meets Anna, a Russian émigré. They fall in love, marry and flee the Japanese onslaught.

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 Curtiss 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.

image The Boeing B 314 - The Clipper Flight Simulator for Micosoft FS2000, FS2002 and CFS2

The China Clipper    A Web page provided by

image   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

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

image Pan American World Airways, Inc., Records 1927 to 1991    PAA 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 Royality to refugees.

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.

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.

National Air and Space Museum    Official Home Page. The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world.

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 airshows, 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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Created on ... February 09, 2007