Pan Am and the Flying Boat Era 1926-1946 by Mike Lavelle
In 1941 Clare Boothe Luce said “Someday a Clipper Flight will be remembered as the most romantic voyage in history”. Was she right? This presentation will help to answer that question. Presenting rare photos from 1926 to 1946 will be presented to cover this golden age of aviation history. The program will focus on the early days of Pan Am as they established themselves as the first U.S. International Transoceanic Air Carrier.
The design requirements, development and construction of the U.S. manufactured flying boats to include Sikorsky, Martin and culminating with Boeing 314 will be reviewed. Additionally, key events, people and route structures are integrated into the presentation to help provide a complete overview of this period of aviation history.
Presenter Mike Lavelle is a Director at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, an aviation historian, with over 48 years of aviation/aerospace experience between Cessna and Boeing aircraft Companies. Mike's assignments were in aircraft flight and maintenance operations for both commercial and military programs. A FAA flight instructor with over 7000 hours in a variety of aircraft, as well as a certified Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic, Mike has made many of his informative aviation history presentations to universities, industry groups, world-wide branches of the Royal Aeronautical Society and air museums including the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, UK.
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$15 AIAA Members $10 Students $20 Non-Members
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