Pan American China Clipper Plane Flying Boat San Francisco California postcard click on the image for more details
The China Clipper (NC14716), a four engine Martin M 130 flying boat, flew the inaugural flight for Pan American Airlines' trans Pacific service between San Francisco and Manila in The Philippines. Taking off from Alameda CA on November 22, 1935 it island-hopped its way to Manila reaching its destination on November 29, delivering 110,000 pieces of mail along the way.
The China Clipper service opened up a new era of travel in the Pacific, permitting faster travel both for people and mail. The British were also opening up air routes across the Pacific in the mid 1930s with flying boat service to Australia and New Zealand in the South Pacific.