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Sunday, October 29, 2017

In CHASING DRAGONS (http://tiny.cc/oy7plysome of the action centers round the Pan Am Clipper facility on Canton Island. The Boeing 314 Clipper was a long-range flying boat produced by the Boeing Aircraft Company between 1938 and 1941. One of the largest aircraft of the time, it used a massive wing to achieve the range necessary for flights across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Twelve Clippers were built; nine were brought into service for Pan Am and later transferred to the U.S. military.



They required numerous Island stops, such as Canton Island to transverse the Pacific.
Pan Am's Clippers were built for one-class luxury air travel, a necessity given the long duration of transoceanic flights. The seats could be converted into 36 bunks for overnight accommodation; with a cruising speed of 155 miles per hour. The flight from San Francisco to Honolulu was 19 hours. The 314s had a lounge and dining area, and the galleys were crewed by chefs from four-star hotels. Men and women were provided with separate dressing rooms, and white-coated stewards served five and six-course meals with gleaming silver service. The standard of luxury on Pan American's Boeing 314s has rarely been matched on heavier-than-air transport since then; they were a form of travel for the super-rich. Boeing 314 Clippers brought exotic destinations like the Far East within reach of air travelers and came to represent the romance of flight. By 1946 all Clippers had been retired.

The Clipper was a flying boat which differs from a seaplane. 

Anyone know the difference?