William J. Eck Accepts Ticket for First Pan American Transatlantic Flight

Man in glasses accepts ticket from other man (plane model in foreground)
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William J. Eck (left) accepts his ticket (in ticket envelope) from Pan American Airways (PAA) representative (right) as the first paying passenger to travel on a commerical transatlantic flight; ticket is for passage on June 28, 1939, aboard the Pan American Airways (PAA) Boeing 314 "Dixie Clipper" from Port Washington, New York, to Marseille, France, and return.

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