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Friday, June 7th, 2024

Pan Am: Crossing the Pacific

PBS: Starts Tuesday 11 June at 9.40pm

This fascinating docuseries from an award- winning team uses interviews and archive footage to look at the extraordinary 1935 crossing of the Pacific Ocean by a Pan American Airways flying boat known as the China Clipper.

The take-off from San Francisco Bay in November 1935 was one of the world’s most anticipated events. Broadcast live over nine radio networks it reached millions of listeners on four continents. If the Pacific could be crossed, no place on earth could not be reached by plane.

The Clipper’s maiden voyage was the culmina- tion of eight years’ innovation and growth, involving hundreds of men and women. Poised to vault the 8,700 miles of the mighty Pacific, how did they do it – and how did it change the world?

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