#ChinaAirlines, the flag carrier of #Taiwan, was founded on December 12, 1959, by retired Chinese Air Force officers. #Transpacific service to San Francisco began in 1970 with the acquisition of the #Boeing 707 jetliner. Have you ever flown on China Airlines? #avgeek
#HBD to Juan Trippe, who was born #onthisday in 1899. The founder of Pan American Airways, Trippe and PAA revolutionized international air travel, inaugurating the first regular commercial trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic air service. #avgeek
#OnThisDay in 1935, the first of three Martin M-130 #flyingboats was delivered to Pan American Airways. Named the "China Clipper", this M-130 would go on to make history by inaugurating the first scheduled #transpacific air mail service from California to the Philippines. #avgeek
#Onthisday in 1935, a Pan American Airways flying boat named #ChinaClipper lifted off the surface of SF Bay, and strained into the sky, and opened the age of regular transpacific commercial air service. https://t.co/MPq52tNOXk #panam
#Onthisday in 1959, Hawai’i became the 50th U.S. state. Pan American Airways began service to Hawai’i in 1935. The island of O’ahu was the first stopping point for the airline’s transpacific flying boat route. #avgeek
@ParkeBench Hi Parker! our exhibition celebrates the three planes that flew the trans-Pacific island-to-island itineraries, the Martin M-130, the Boeing 314, and the Sikorsky S-42! Visit our website for more information: https://t.co/MPq52u5pOS
@flySFO@panamhistory Transpacific flights in the 1930s required serious navigation skills, including dead reckoning and celestial navigation. Shown here is the navigation and radio kit used by #PanAm in the mid 1930s and early 1940s. #ChinaClipper#avgeek
Can you imagine a roundtrip flight from the Philippine capital of Manila, to California taking 15 days? In 1935, the first scheduled transpacific airmail flight took 8 days to reach Manila from Alameda, and 4 days to come back, for a total of 123 flight hours. #avgeek#PanAm
China Airlines, the flag carrier of Taiwan, was founded #onthisday in 1959 by retired Chinese Air Force officers. Transpacific service to SF began in 1970 with the acquisition of the Boeing 707 jetliner. Have you ever flown on China Airlines?
Glenn L. Martin was born on #onthisday in 1886. The Martin company produced numerous types of aircraft, including the Martin M-130, which #PanAmerican used to inaugurate the first scheduled #transpacific airmail service in 1935. #avgeek
In late 1945, #PanAmerican realized the superiority of the DC-4 over the #Boeing 314 flying boat and began operating the airliner on transpacific routes and, by 1948, on transatlantic routes to Europe. #AviationEvolutions
Interested in vintage #aviation? Did you know that we have #free catalogs on #PanAm's transpacific #ChinaClipper flying boats? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information! https://t.co/MPq52u5pOS #avgeek
Japan Air Lines (JAL) began domestic service in 1952. With its new Douglas DC-6B, JAL inaugurated trans-pacific service to San Francisco, via Wake Island and Honolulu, on February 2, 1954. Have you ever been to #Japan? #TravelTuesday
Juan Trippe, founder of Pan American Airways, reportedly “discovered” Wake Island while scouring through 19th c. clipper ship logs at the @NYPL. Juan was searching for a stop between Midway Island and Guam for Pan Am’s proposed transpacific route. #avgeek
Long before #PanAmerican used Midway Atoll as an island stop in the 1930s-50s on their transpacific route, Laysan #albatrosses had used the island for breeding. They even became the island's unofficial mascot. Midway is now part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
Our collection features 2 photos of Lady Drummond-Hay, an English journalist, in Wake Island circa 1936, on a #PanAmerican transpacific adventure. Her profession as a journalist and her love of aviation enabled her to document many great events in aviation history. #avgeek