The Boeing 314 'Clipper' was built for luxury air travel on long duration transoceanic flights. Exotic destinations were now within reach of the average salaried traveler where previously only the super rich could have managed to afford such adventure. The Pan American 'Clippers' came to represent the romance of flight.
First proposed in 1936, the Boeing Company delivered the first of twelve aircraft named 'Honolulu Clipper' in 1939.
Depicted here is "Yankee Clipper', which began trans Atlantic flights to Europe in 1939. "Yankee Clipper' also happened to be the only plane in this fleet to have crashed with fatalities.
The Clippers only flew for three years before the beginning of World War Two, in which they were pressed into service for the Navy, but interestingly were still piloted by their Pan Am crews because of the high level of experience required to fly such long distances across open ocean.
'California Clipper' was the last Pan Am aircraft to be retired in 1946 after it had accumulated over a million flight miles, with 'Anzac Clipper' being the last to be scrapped in 1951.