Aquí va el mazacote de julio junto con este artículo sobre los Pan Am Clippers de finales de la década del 30. Varios detalles me llamaron la atención: la calidad de las fotografías, el confort con el que se transportaban 74 pasajeros, la historia final del secuestro y robo del avión que desconocía, y las imágenes de la cabina de mando. Los audaces cruzaban el océano a brújula y ADF, lo que no es tan hazañoso, pero carecían de Radar meteorológico y de horizonte artificial, ¡sacre bleu! Por menos de eso se han caído aviones por todos los continentes.
James Bond -
I have to wonder how much a trip with these amenities would cost on today's airlines.............
Now this is what I call First Class & High Class......Take note.....AIRLINES.....This was the late 30s!
FLYING THE ATLANTIC DURING THE LATE1930s
What It Was Like Aboard A Pan-Am Clipper….
not their seats.
For most travelers in the 21st century, flying is a dreary experience, full of inconvenience, indignity, and discomfort.
That wasn't the case in the late 1930s, when those with the money to afford trans-oceanic flight got to take the Boeing Model 314, better known as the Clipper.
Even Franklin Roosevelt
used the plane, celebrating his 61st birthday on board.
Between 1938 and 1941, Boeing
built 12 of the jumbo planes for Pan American World Airways.
The Clipper had a range of 3,500 miles — enough to cross either the Atlantic or Pacific, with room for 74 passengers onboard. Of course, modern aviation offers an amazing first class experience (and it's a whole lot safer), but nothing in the air today matches the romanticism of crossing the oceans in the famed Clipper.
The nickname Clipper came from an especially fast type of sailing ship used in the 19th century.
The ship analogy was appropriate,
as the Clipper landed on the water, not runways.
Here's a diagram of the
different areas of the plane.
On the Pan Am flights, passengers
had access to dressing rooms and a dining salon that could be converted into a lounge or bridal suite.
The galley served up meals catered from four-star hotels.
If you want to sit at a table to eat with other people these days, you have to fly in a private jet.
There was room for a crew
of 10 to serve as many as 74 passengers.
On overnight flights, the 74 seats could be turned into 40 bunks for comfortable sleeping. The bunk beds came with
curtains for privacy.
Navigating across the oceans required
The lavatory wasn't too fancy, but it did have a urinal — something you never see in today'scommercial jets, where space is at a premium.
The ladies lounge had stools where female passengers could sit
and do their makeup.
The Clipper made its maiden trans-Atlantic voyage on June 28, 1939.
But once the US entered World War II, the Clippers were pressed into service to transport materials and personnel.
Prior to WWII, the Japanese Military became very interested in the new Pratt & Whitney radial engines that powered the PanAm Clipper.
On a flight from San Francisco to China, a Clipper landed on Truk Lagoon to be refueled by Japanese authorities. Later, the Clipper was assumed lost over the Pacific.
Years later, it was revealed that the crew and passengers were arrested and executed, the engines were retrieved and sent to Japan and the Clipper was sunk in deep water off Truk Lagoon.