Round-the-World Flights

Pan American Courier Anniversary Round-the-World Flight

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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. Itinerary: 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 
   Hilo, HI 
   Canton Island 
   Noumea, New Caledonia 
   Auckland, New Zealand 
   Noumea, New Caledonia (picked up 22 Pan Am employees for hop to Australia) 
   Gladstone, Australia 
   Port Darwin, Australia 
   Surabaya, Netherlands East Indies 
   Java, Indonesia 
   Trincomalee, Ceylon 
   Karachi, Pakistan 
   Khartoum, Sudan
   Leopoldville, Belgian Congo
   Natal, Brazil
   Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
   San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arrived Laguardia Airport, New York City, NY 01/06/42 

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