This is a unrestored, original condition, wooden cut-a-way Boeing 314 Flying Boat Model. She was displayed at the 1939 World's Fair, and remained on display at a local Pan American World Airways Ticket Agency Office until 1991.
Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 Flying Boats
To inspire confidence in the traveling public, Pan American World Airways required flight crews to board and deplane together, in formation.
June 28, 1939 The First Commercial Transatlantic Passenger flight, Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 NC18605, "Dixie Clipper" arrived at Lisbon from Port Washington, Long Island, New York. Captained by R.O.D. Sullivan, she carried 22 passengers and 12 crew members.
Pictured are the first crew: L to R (seated): ( Capt. Rob Sullivan, Capt. Gilbert Blackmore; Bob Fordyce: Benjamin Harrell; Norman Gentry. (Standing) Bruno Candotti, Harold Lambert, Harry Drake and John Salmini.
After WWII, Pan American World Airways' Flying Boat passenger days were over. On the retiring of Pan American World Airways' Fleet of Boeing 314 aircraft, Mr. William Van Dusen, Public Relations Director, wrote in his April 10, 1946 "Dear Senor" letter:
"...They (Boeing 314) contributed a chapter in the annals of flying that'll still be thrilling reading for generations to come. They bred a new breed of airmen --- who talked and thought and worked in the lingo of the air-sea. They left an indelible mark...
And they'll take with them some of that glory, some of that sense of accomplishment, some of that excitement of the "first", some of that thrill of "man-against-the-sea", some of that bold adventure of the explorer and pioneer...yes. some of the faith and the hope and the courage of all of those who fly..."
The Boeing 314 set the standards for airborne luxury. Uniformed Stewards served meals in a 14 seat dining room, with complete formal table settings.