A Thanksgiving Proclamation

From your friends working on the Lost Clipper Project, we extend a joyful and warm Thanksgiving Day wish that you find moments of joy and appreciation of being  citizens of the most amazing, dynamic and heroic country on the planet.  I am personally thankful for my God, my Savior,  Country, my family and friends and…

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Choy’s China Clipper Restaurant

Never give up hope!  I have to remind myself those words from time to time. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey a few weeks ago and time sure has had its impact on the location that hosted Wah Sun Choy’s China Clipper Restaurant (lower left corner under…

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Flight Interrupted: A Century of Planes that Did Not Arrive

Recently, I was made aware of an article in Parade Magazine by renown aviation author Christine Negroni on the eve of the two year anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  In the repost of this interesting article, Christine mentions the Hawaii Clipper as among a sad but real correlation between of MH-370 other similar…

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July 29 – Seventy Eight Years Ago

On this day, seventy eight years ago, flight 229 vanished into history. If you have been following this blog; you know the story and where we are in the effort to bring an answer to the many questions that still exist of how and why it disappeared. Today we wish our continued sympathies and respect…

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One Week Away…

In less than a week, it will be the 78th anniversary of the Hawaii Clipper vanishing.  For almost 80 years, not a single bolt,  photo or other piece of evidence has been located.   So why do we still care?  Because for one thing, I have stood on the very ground where I am certain the…

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The Martin 156 “Super Clipper” #19167

You may know the story of the three Martin Ocean Transport Model-130s (M-130) purchased by Pan Am Airways in 1935, but how about the lone model 156?  Hopefully, this new accounting of the “Super Clipper”  will be the most detailed to date thanks to information gleaned from old Soviet materials of Aeroflot airways. On April…

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May 10th Clipper Anniversary

On this day in 1937, aviation pioneer Glenn Martin, who built the China Clipper class M-130 flying boats, retraced his 1912 flight plan twenty five years earlier in a self-built seaplane from Newport Bay California thirty four miles to Avalon on Catalina Island. Doing so broke the earlier English Channel record for an over-water flight…

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Is it? Could it? What do you think?

You may think I’m seeing something just because I want to, or perhaps my vision is starting to fail, or maybe that I could be just a bit crazy.  So how about helping my tired eyes look over the following images and “see” if you can “see” what I’m “seeing.” The photo above is from…

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Long Lost Photo of Hawaii Clipper

Every now and then the Internet still manages to surprise me.  This week I purchased an image that was apparently lodged in someones personal photo album from the late 1930’s of a vacation to Hawaii and wouldn’t you know, right next to grandma was the Hawaii Clipper.  I have long believed that I had seen…

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Pan Am China Clipper Landing

Ever wonder what a Martin M-130 Flying Boat sounds like as it lands? Usually any archive footage of the Pan am Clippers has a soundtrack of musical instruments however in this rare motion picture clip, you will hear the four Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S2A5G Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial engines singing their own tune as it…

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Malaysian Airlines flight 370

Today in the headlines I read where some families who lost relatives last March on the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight 370 will claim the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the plane is irrelevant … and that the airline still has a duty to pay them. Emotions aside, I found it interesting that one of the…

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“Now here is something you don’t see everyday”

Yes, I have said that quite a few times and today is one of them.  Check out this very interesting photo of a World War II era Japanese fighter aircraft perched in a tree. I imagine the pilot survived the epic landing and was thanking his lucky starts as descended from the lush canopy of…

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