On Nov. 22, 1935, more than 25,000 spectators lined the shore of Pan American Airways’ (PAA) base at Alameda, Calif., to watch as the China Clipper took off for its first transpacific flight, delivering mail run, including personal letters to the president of the Philippines from Franklin D. Roosevelt. That first flight, which took 59 hours to complete, will be re-enacted Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Alameda Naval Air Museum.
Featuring a simulated radio broadcast, complete with live re-enactors portraying the actual participants and dignitaries, plus vintage vehicles, military fly-by, and more, the public will have a rare opportunity to turn back the clock and participate in what was a significant event in world and aviation history, museum officials said. Attendees of all ages are invited to dress in 1930’s period attire. The museum will also open its new China Clipper exhibit to the public as part of the event.
Commemorative events will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 and parking is free.
For more information: AlamedaNavalAirMuseum.org