Transport: Ocean Airway

Spray foamed from the silver hull as it gathered speed under the surge of its four Hornet motors. After a half-minute run, the 21-ton Pan American Clipper lifted easily from the waters of San Francisco Bay. headed out through the Golden Gate under a brilliant mid-afternoon sun. The world's first transport plane designed specifically for transocean service was finally on its way over the Pacific to Hawaii on the first stage of Pan American Airways' projected 8,000-mi. ocean airway to China. Four years of intensive work had prepared this ship and this...

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