Flying the China Clipper route from California to Hong Kong was the fastest, most luxurious, and most romantic way to travel to the Orient in the 1930s, and the trip took six days!
Embarking passengers would walk down the gangplank to board the Clipper just as in boarding a cruise ship: the China Clipper was a flying boat, moored at the end of the dock on Treasure Island, the home port. The Clipper would then take off from San Francisco Bay bound for Honolulu, over sixteen hours of flying time away. Enroute, passengers would enjoy delicious meals on tables for eight, set with linen, china, and crystal, before retiring for the night to sleeping compartments with fold-down bunks. There would be four more overnight layovers in hotels on islands across the Pacific before the Clipper reached its destination in the Far East.
The Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum presents a 30-minute discussion about the China Clippers, which were built right here in Maryland at the Glenn L. Martin Company in Middle River. The talk is followed by a screening of the feature film, China Clipper, starring Humphrey Bogart, c1936 (running time 88 minutes).
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