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Since WG put a Boeing 314 in the New York Port and mentioned some of the things the 12 Clippers did, 



Passenger Aircraft Boeing 314

If you hear the noise of a propeller, the Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat is approaching. A total of 12 Clippers were built for transatlantic airlines from 1938 through 1941. Moreover, the Boeing 314 was the first aircraft to carry an acting president of the U.S.A.: Franklin Roosevelt traveled on board of this aircraft to Casablanca, Morocco to participate in the secret negotiations with the U.K. prime minister and members of the Combined Chiefs of Staff.


I'm surprised they didn't mention the saga of the Pacific Clipper that was on it's scheduled route in the Pacific when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. It was forced to return back to the US by flying in the wrong direction (west), landing in New York harbor on January 6, 1942, 30 days after the Pearl Harbor attack.  It's crew was supposed to just do a 10-day run - San Francisco to New Zealand back to San Francisco.  Instead they ended up completing the first circumnavigation of the earth by a commercial airliner and and with no logistical support, begged, borrowed, stole gas, parts and charts, made it back to the US 35 days after leaving San Francisco, holding the airplane together with chewing gum and bailing wire.





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Wow, cool story.  Thanks for posting +1

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