Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Hawaii By Air
Hawaii By Air

Interisland by Air

If you wanted to travel from island to island before 1929, you took a boat. The crossings were long and slow, and often uncomfortable in rough, rolling seas.

Then something new arrived: regularly scheduled service via the flying boats of a new airline, Inter-Island Airways. Flying made island-to-island travel a breeze. But many an islander wondered: was flying those long over-water routes safe?