Thursday, April 7, 2011

Catch Me If You Can

Remember when flying was considered exciting and elegant? I do. Here's a little history on what was Pan Am's first Seaplane Base in the U.S. :
In 1930, a newly formed airline company, known as Pan American Airways (Pan Am), symbolized by eagles and globes, acquired the New York-Rio-Buenos Aires Airline which flew twin-engine Commodore flying boats between Miami and Buenos Aires. The former naval air base at Dinner Key was selected by Pan Am as the base for its inter-American operations with the inaugural flight from Dinner Key to Panama taking place on December 1, 1930. Charles Lindbergh, who was a technical advisor to Pan Am, surveyed some of the early air routes. Because of inadequate landing facilities along the South American route, flying clipper ships were utilized by Pan Am, forming a vital link between North and South America. Read more about the history here: Pan American Seaplane Base, Miami  

And a little more about a famous Pan Am pilot: Catch Me If You Can. Enjoy. --R

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