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#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

This tweet was posted on December 16, 2019.

#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

This tweet was posted on June 27, 2018.

#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

This tweet was posted on October 09, 2018.

#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

This tweet was posted on November 22, 2017.

#Onthisday in 1935, the inaugural #transpacific #PanAm #Clipper service landed in Manila from CA, covering 8,210 miles with a flying time of 59 hours and 48 minutes. Today, a nonstop flight from #SFO to #Manila takes around 15 hours. #avgeek #chinaclipper

This tweet was posted on November 29, 2017.

#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

This tweet was posted on August 21, 2019.

#PanAm was awarded the first transpacific airmail contract on October 24th, 1935. #ChinaClipper #onthisday

This tweet was posted on October 26, 2016.

.@SingaporeAir began transpacific service to SFO in 1979. Have you ever been to Singapore? #TravelTuesday

This tweet was posted on March 22, 2016.
 

@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

This tweet was posted on March 04, 2019.

@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

This tweet was posted on February 28, 2020.

A Boeing 707 named the "City of Canberra" departed on July 29th, 1959 from Sydney for its first transpacific service

This tweet was posted on July 29, 2016.

After almost 60 hours of travel, Pan Am's first scheduled transpacific flight landed in Manila. #TravelTuesday

This tweet was posted on November 17, 2015.

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

This tweet was posted on December 06, 2019.

Captain Ed Musick inaugurated the first transpacific scheduled passenger service on the Hawaiian #Clipper #onthisday in 1936. #PanAm

This tweet was posted on October 21, 2016.

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?

This tweet was posted on December 16, 2017.

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

This tweet was posted on January 17, 2020.
 

Guam proclaimed Nov 22-27, 2015 as #PanAm Week, celebrating the 80th anniversary of transpacific travel. https://t.co/2ri2i3G8XT

This tweet was posted on December 08, 2015.
 

How did #PanAm set the stage for their pioneering transpacific flights in the 1930s? Serious planning: http://t.co/EgSnzCyVMJ #avgeek

This tweet was posted on August 23, 2013.

In 1929, the Graf Zeppelin, flew over SF, completing the first non-stop transpacific air crossing, part of its 21-day round-the-world trip.

This tweet was posted on May 19, 2017.

In 1935, the inaugural transpacific #PanAm Clipper service from CA to Manila carried 110,865 letters. #Onthisday #avgeek #aviationhistory

This tweet was posted on November 22, 2016.

In 1936, Hollywood celebrated #PanAm’s pioneering transpacific air route with the Warner Bros movie China Clipper.

This tweet was posted on April 04, 2016.

In 1947, #PanAm introduced their Sleeperette compartments on their DC-4 for their transpacific routes. #PaxEx

This tweet was posted on August 18, 2016.

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

This tweet was posted on December 26, 2018.

Interested in vintage #aviation? Did you know that we have #free catalogs on #PanAm's transpacific #ChinaClipper flying boats? Contact curator@flysfo.com for more information! https://t.co/MPq52u5pOS #avgeek

This tweet was posted on April 13, 2018.

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

This tweet was posted on August 28, 2018.

Japan Air Lines inaugurated trans-pacific service with a flight from Tokyo to SF on February 2, 1954. #TravelTuesday

This tweet was posted on January 05, 2016.

Juan Trippe reportedly ‘discovered’ Wake Island while looking for landings for #PanAm’s transpacific route at @NYPL.

This tweet was posted on January 26, 2016.

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

This tweet was posted on July 23, 2019.

Learn more about early transpacific aviation in "China Clipper" on display, pre-security, in the Aviation Museum. https://t.co/MPq52tNOXk #chinaclipper #avgeek #panamerican #PAA

This tweet was posted on November 29, 2018.

Learn more about early transpacific aviation in "China Clipper" on display, pre-security, in the Aviation Museum. https://t.co/MPq52u5pOS #ChinaClipper #avgeek #panam

This tweet was posted on December 06, 2019.

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.

This tweet was posted on November 06, 2019.

Midway Island was used in the 1930s by #PanAm as a stopping point on their transpacific flights. #TravelTuesday

This tweet was posted on February 09, 2016.

November 22nd marks the 80th anniversary of Pan Am’s first scheduled transpacific flight from Alameda to Manila!

This tweet was posted on November 20, 2015.
 

OTD in 1931, the 1st non-stop transpacific flight took off from Japan, landing in Washington the following day.

This tweet was posted on October 04, 2012.

On many early transpacific flights, passengers received certificates celebrating the crossing of the intl date line.

This tweet was posted on December 29, 2015.

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

This tweet was posted on January 23, 2019.