China Clipper first takeoff site

Alameda Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA


China Clipper

Photo taken by Clyde Sunderland, 1935, courtesy Library of Congress



"SITE OF THE CHINA CLIPPER FLIGHT DEPARTURE - Pan American World Airways' fabled China Clipper (Martin M/130 Flying Boat) left Alameda Marina on November 22, 1935. Under the command of Captain Edwin C. Musick, the flight would reach Manila via Honolulu, Midway, Wake, and Guam. The inauguration of ocean airmail service and commercial airflight across the Pacific was a significant event for both California and the world." - California Historic Landmark No.968

Update Log 

  • March 31, 2019: New photo from Richard Doody
  • March 31, 2019: Added by Richard Doody


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