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HISTORIC AIRPLANES: Romance of the Clippers

The Martin M-130 "China Clipper" first carried passengers, along with mail, on October 21, 1936. The airplane's central lounge had comfortable armchairs, and passengers dined on food served on fine china and silverware.

In 1933, Martin and Sikorsky received contracts to provide six airliners for Pan American Airways' new Atlantic Routes. The airplanes performed so well that Pan Am ordered more in 1936. Boeing's airplanes were also produced in that year for Pan American Airways.

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Clipper on US airmail stamp Pan Am clipper SANTA MARIA
  Clipper on postcard
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(top left) Clipper on US airmail stamp

(top right) Pan Am clipper SANTA MARIA

(bottom right) Clipper on postcard
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