A panel of Pan Am veterans will recall their experiences of the grand era of the flying boats — from 1935 to 1945 — during a Feb. 13 program at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.
The panelists will discuss the history, design and operations of Pan Am’s flying boats, with a focus on the icon of the age, the Boeing 314 Clipper (pictured). The program will be illustrated with dozens of rare photographs from The Museum of Flight Photo Archive, museum officials note.
Engineer Robert Blake started working for Pan American Airlines in New York during 1941. As a first officer, Capt. Herb Stevenson flew both the Boeing 314 and Sikorsky S-42 flying boats for Pan Am. Capt. Larry Bendlebury and Flight Engineer John Anderson also served on flying boats during the 1940s, with Anderson’s career ultimately leading to the flight deck of the Boeing 747.
A question and answer session follows the program, and the panelists will be available for signing Pan Am memorabilia. The presentation is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater, and is free with admission to the museum.
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