The Model 314 ' s nickname Clipper came from an especially fast type of sailing ship, used in the 19th century.
The ship analogy was appropriate, as the Clipper landed on the water, not runways
Boeing Company's diagram of the different areas of the plane.
Night Over Water is a fictionalized account of the final flight of the Pan American Clipper passenger airplane during the first few days of World War II, early September, 1939. Follett is careful to state that, though the flight and all of the characters are fictional the plane, a Boeing 314, was real and was nicknamed the "Pan Am Clipper." It was a seaplane, an aircraft that landed in the sea, not on an airstrip, powered by 4 propeller engines. It was capable of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in little more than 24 hours with intermediate stops in Shannon Estuary at Foynes, Ireland, Bay of Exploits at Botwood, Newfoundland and Shediac Bay, Canada, at each of which stop Follett adds a scene or two of intrigue. This route made the Pan Am Clipper the fastest mode of transatlantic travel at the time — and very appealing to those who wanted to escape from Britain before the start of the war. The tale begins with several separated threads, telling the individual stories of the people who later all end up in this last flight to New York. Though Follett manages to bundle all these together, the events the characters share while travelling with the clipper are still told through the perspectives introduced before. Each of these main characters is heading for his own interests in the beginning but soon they melt together.
On Pan Am flights, passengers had access to dressing rooms and a dining salon that could be converted into a lounge or bridal suite.
Seating accommodations converted into births for overnight flights.
Crew sleeping accommodations
Sparse complement of instruments in the cockpit suggests that flying a Clipper was a strenuous job.
Flight Deck-It carried a crew of 10 to 16 depending on the length of the flight.
urinal a part of the facilities in the washroom
Ladies power room
War time passenger President Franklin Roosevelt.
There was only one class on a Pan American clipper and that was first class. Meals were prepared fresh on the aircraft and served on china. Pan-American advertisements focused on the fact that each aircraft has at least two Stewards on every flight, to attend to food and drink. Besides breakfast lunch and dinner, snacks and drinks were always available.
Based on an August 1st 2009 article in the St. John's Telegram commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first full-service trans Atlantic flight.
Pictures are courtesy of Pan-Am Historical Foundation.
For those visiting the area check out this.
Botwood Flying Boat Museum
Tourism Region: Exploits Valley
The Botwood Flying Boat Museum, through murals, models and artifacts depicts the aviation history of our town from 1920 to 1945. It also houses the Archive of the Botwood Heritage Society.