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Hawaii By Air
Hawaii By Air

Hawaii by Flying Clipper

Born in the eventful year of 1927, Pan American Airways quickly spun a web of routes over the Caribbean and Latin America. Then it set its sights on the Pacific and Hawaii.

In 1935 Pan Am launched the first transpacific air mail service through Hawaii. A year later it began carrying passengers on that route. Thus began the brief, romantic reign of the giant seaplanes Pan Am called flying clippers.