Pan American Clippers

Pan American Clippers

The Golden Age of Flying Boats

Book - 2007
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Firefly Books Ltd

Recapturing the fabulous era of flying boats.

For a world coming out of economic depression in the 1930s, the Pan American Airways Clipper "flying boats" symbolized elegance and luxury, adventure and romance. Illustrated with rare period photographs, vintage travel posters, magazine ads and colorful company brochures, this fascinating book covers every aspect of the fabulous era of Pan American's graceful clippers.

Like their maritime namesakes, the Clippers used the oceans to form a vast global network of travel routes. Pan Am founder Juan Trippe was a visionary who saw the importance of international travel to a changing world. His Clippers would play a key role in the evolution of transoceanic flight, setting time and distance records over the Atlantic and Pacific, providing airmail delivery between countries, and eventually serving the Allies as troop and cargo transports during World War II.

Pan Am Clippers permanently changed the world's concept of time and space by dramatically reducing travel time and opening up international air travel to the general public.

This fascinating, informative and richly illustrated book brings back another time and way of life.

A well-illustrated look at the beginnings of transoceanic aviation and the flying boats of Pan American that made it possible. In the 1930s these planes symbolized elegance and luxury, and changed everyone's concept of travel.

Book News
Author and aviation historian Trautman provides an interesting and nostalgic look back at the era of the Pan American Airways Clipper "flying boats." That era, roughly from 1931 through the mid-1940s, saw the Clippers play a major role in the development of transatlantic flight, provide airmail between countries, and serve as troop and cargo transports during World War II. The relatively fast Clippers also opened up a new era of international travel to the general public--and gave travel by Clipper an unmistakable aura of romance. The book contains numerous rare period photographs and colorful vintage travel posters, magazine ads, and travel brochures. It is distributed by Firefly Books. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press, 2007
ISBN: 9781550464764
Characteristics: 272 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm


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