40th Anniversary Pan Am Boeing 747 Flight Round-the-World
Philatelic covers were carried on the below flights by Pan Am courier, T.G. Treadwell.
Departed London, England 12/30/81 Pilot: Capt A.S.Wilson
San Francisco, CA 12/31/81 Pilot: Capt D.Parsons
Honolulu, HI 12/31/81 Pilot: Capt C.H.Stewart
Auckland, New Zealand 01/02/82 Pilot: Capr R Flinn
Honolulu, HI 01/02/82 Pilot: Capt R.Thompson
Tokyo, Japan 01/04/82 Pilot: Capt R.A.Peters
New York, NY 01/07/82 Pilot: Capt A.Wicksman
Los Angeles, CA 01/10/82 Pilot: Capt R.Loomis
Arrived London, England 01/10/82
This 40th Anniversary Pan Am Round-the-World Flight commemorated the following
1941 Pan Am flight:
The round-the-world trip began as a routine flight from San Francisco to Auckland,
New Zealand. On December 7, 1941 when the Pan Am "Pacific Clipper" was two hours
out of Noumea, New Caledonia, Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese. The flight
received a coded message, "land at next destination and await instructions." With
its route back to the US cutoff, the Pacific Clipper was forced to continue
round-the-world making it "the hard way" back to the US.
Passengers: 3, Crew members: 10 including: John Henry Mack (co-pilot), Rod
Brown (navigator), John Poindexter (radio operator), Homans "Swede" Rothe & Jocko
Parish (flight engineers) & John Steers (forth officer).
"Plane touched down on 5 continents, crossed 3 oceans, made 18 stops under the
flags of 12 nations, crossed the equator 6 times and spent 209H 30M in the air"
Itinerary of Pan Am's Yankee Clipper Flight Round-the-World
Departed San Francisco, CA 12/02/41
Noumea, New Caledonia
Auckland, New Zealand
Noumea, New Caledonia (picked up 22 Pan Am employees for hop to Australia)
Port Darwin, Australia
Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies
Leopoldville, Belgian Congo
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arrived Laguardia Airport, New York City, NY 01/06/42
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