Thursday, July 4, 2019

Clipper Passing Statue of Liberty

The Boeing 314 Clipper was a large flying boat airliner in service for luxury transoceanic passenger flight between 1939 and 1948. Nine of the twelve Clippers produced went into service for Pan Am. The Yankee Clipper flew between Port Washington on Long Island and Southampton. The flyover of the Statue of Liberty shown on a vintage postcard would seem to be staged for publicity. The photograph looks doctored, which is perhaps why the back of the postcard has to state that it's an "actual photograph," although this may have been a common affirmation at the time.

Statue of Liberty
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Note:  The final commercial flight of the Yankee Clipper at the outbreak of World War II is the subject of Ken Follett's 1991 novel Night Over Water.

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