Pan Am PBS Documentary “Across the Pacific”

by Pan Am Museum Foundation When the China Clipper took off for the first scheduled flight to Manila on November 22, 1935, it riveted the attention of people around the world. At that moment Pan Am vaulted to a commanding position and the world changed forever as a result. That’s the story brought to life…

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Son of Juan Trippe Passes Away

(Published in The New York Times on Feb. 5, 2017) “Charlie,” 81 years young, died peacefully but reluctantly at home in Westport Point, MA on January 29, 2017 in the company of his family. He was a perpetrator of wild schemes, energetic and hardworking, an enthusiastic family sailor, a lover of golf, skiing, and football, and a…

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Sikorsky S-43 / JRS-1 Baby Clipper at the Udvar Hazy

What a nice surprise to find the only remaining JRS-1 on the planet in front of me.  This particular aircraft was serving in the US Navy at Pearl Harbor and escaped being destroyed by the attack. This type of aircraft flown as the civilian version was known as the S-43, a “Baby Clipper” used by…

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