Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 Flying Boats
To inspire confidence in the traveling public, Pan American World Airways required flight crews to board and deplane together, in formation.
June 28, 1939 The First Commercial Transatlantic Passenger flight, Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 NC18605, "Dixie Clipper" (pictured above) arrived at Lisbon from Port Washington, Long Island, New York. Captained by R.O.D. Sullivan, she carried 22 passengers and 12 crew members.
Pictured are the first crew: Captain R.O.D Sullivan, Second in Command Gilbert B. Blackmore, Flight Officer Robert Fordyce, Crew member Stephen Kitchell, other names...lost to history...deep in the archives...trying to acquire...
After WWII, Pan American World Airways' Flying Boat passenger days were over. On the retiring of Pan American World Airways' Fleet of Boeing 314 aircraft, Mr. William Van Dusen, Public Relations Director, wrote in his April 10, 1946 "Dear Senor" letter:
"...They (Boeing 314) contributed a chapter in the annals of flying that'll still be thrilling reading for generations to come. They bred a new breed of airmen --- who talked and thought and worked in the lingo of the air-sea. They left an indelible mark...
And they'll take with them some of that glory, some of that sense of accomplishment, some of that excitement of the "first", some of that thrill of "man-against-the-sea", some of that bold adventure of the explorer and pioneer...yes. some of the faith and the hope and the courage of all of those who fly..."
The Boeing 314 set the standards for airborne luxury. Uniformed Stewards served meals in a 14 seat dining room, with complete formal table settings.
Mr. William Van Dusen, (first) Director of Public Relations, Pan American Airways