World air travel at the beginnings of aviation was very rare. Pan Am introduced their first international routes to South America using Sikorsky flying boats. Because land runways were scarce in those days, flying boats solved that issue because water was everywhere. In 1937, Pan Am expanded to the Pacific with the Martin M-130. The Pan Am clippers were critical to long range transportation and when the war broke out with Japan, the USN joined forces with Pan Am to implement the Clippers for war.
Film #1 -
Clippers at War Part 1 - This film explains the history of the Pan Am clippers and the early teamwork with the Navy. Most of the footage is of the Sikorsky S-40 to the Martin M-130. Great piece of history. Runtime is about 22 minutes.
Film #2 -
Clippers at War Part 2 - Part 2 picks up after the Battle of Midway. Explains how the US Navy begins to cross train their people to coordinate with Pan Am's people. From the Martin M-130 to the Boeing 314, the war was on. This film is dedicated to the 200 Pan Am employees that gave their lives during WW2. Runtime is about 23 minutes.
Film #3 -
The Pacific Boils Over - A Victory at Sea film that is about the war that broke out with Japan. Runtime is about 26 minutes.
Film #4 -
Sikorsky and Martin Clippers - A rare collection of Sikorsky S40, S-42 Clippers and the Martin M-130 China Clippers of the Sea. Plus the Martin Mars Flying Boat. Runtime is about 8 minutes.
Film #5 -
Boeing Clipper Stories - Two short stories on two different rescues at sea with a runtime of about 4 minutes:
- The Clipper (Boeing 314) Queen of Bermuda landing at sea was rescued by USCG Cutter Bibb
- The Clipper (Boeing 377) Sovereign of the Skies crash landed in the Pacific. All 31 people survived.
Film #6 -
Clipper Newsreels - A collection of very rare film clips on Pan Am's Clippers over the years, such as famous Consolidated Commodore, a Noorduyn Norseman Seaplane lands in NY, the Douglas Dolphin, and the Spruce Goose. Runtime is about 9 minutes.
Total runtime for the Pan Am Clippers of War M-130 B-314 DVD is about 92 minutes. Format is NTSC DVD and region-free.