Port Washington Aviation History


Boeing 314, Known As "Dixie Clipper", Takes Off

fom198The Dixie Clipper, a Boeing 314 flying boat operated by Pan American, was in service from 1939-1950.

See our post featuring artist John T. McCoy’s rendering of the Dixie Clipper here.

Pan American's Sikorsky S-42B in Water, 1937

arch066The “Bermuda Clipper” had the Pan American number NC16735.

Passengers Prepare To Board Pan Am's Boeing Clipper

fom002Photo from the Pan American World Airways, Inc. Records, Archives and Special Collections Department, Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami.

John T. McCoy Painting of 1939 Dixie Clipper

McCoy_DixieClipperCaption reads: “Dixie Clipper completes first transatlantic passenger flight / New York to Lisbon, Portugal, June 29, 1939 / Boeing B-314”.

This flight had left from Port Washington the day before, captained by R. O. D. Sullivan, with 22 passengers on board.

From Pan American’s “Historic First Flights of Pan American Clippers” series.

Bermuda Air Cruises Brochure, 1938 [Front Cover]


Bermuda Air Cruises Brochure, 1938 [Inside]

bermuda_inside<<Click on image to enlarge>>

Left: “CRUISE RATES INCLUDE not only transportation from Port Washington to Hamilton and return but also, for the cruise period, a single room with bath for one or a double room with bath for two, and meals, at your choice of leading Bermuda hotels.  Accomodations superior to those provided by the cruise rate may be had on payment of corresponding supplement.  Transfers between New York and Port Washington, between Hamilton and the hotel, and other incidental expenses not included. . . . CRUISE ITINERARIES, DATES AND FARES provide for accomodations only for the time stated and are”

Continues on Right: “subject to alteration and additional charges for any detention found necessary to the proper carrying out of arrangements or for any other cause.  All arrangements for hotel accomodations, ground transport or conveyance are made by the Carriers only as agents and only upon the condition that neither of suchcarriers shall be liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity occasioned either by reason of any defect in any vehicle, or through the act or default of any other party engaged in carrying out the arrangements of the Cruise or otherwise in connection therewith, or of any hotel proprietor or servant.”

Bermuda Air Cruises Brochure, 1938 [Inside Flap]

bermuda_flap“The NEW Travel Hit!”

“NOT JUST A CRUISE, not just the treasure isles of Bermuda, not alone the fact that you travel there by air (in 5 hours from New York) but all three put together . . . AIR CRUISES to BERMUDA.  Where could be found a more perfect combination, a more perfect vacation?

“A typical itinerary takes you out of New York (Port Washington) aboard America’s giant ocean-going flying boat, the U. S. A. Bermuda Clipper or Great Britain’s ocean airliner, the R. M. A. Cavalier.  Reclining in the easy comfort of your sky-chair first come colorful aerial vistas of continental coastline, ocean and fairy castles in the clouds; next that famous ‘300 mile luncheon’; and in a few minutes less than 5 hours aloft you are in old-world Bermuda.

“Simultaneously gayest and most simple, quaintest and most comfortable, Bermuda is they playground of the north Atlantic.  Waft by the ocean’s cool breezes in summer, by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream in winter, the islands abound in opportunities for sport, for gaiety and for relaxation.

“There is so much time to spend . . . because so much time has been saved in transit!  Almost all is yours to be passed on the glistening beaches, at golf, sailing, fishing, or in leisurely trips over the Islands.  And whenever you plan to return you are whisked back to New York within another five hours.

“Cruises from 7 to 16 days, cruises within 2 thrilling flights and more than 94 per cent of your time to spend in Bermuda.  And all for little more than it costs to live at home.  Where else an equal travel treat?  Where else a more delightful vacation?  Glance at the itineraries outlined within, choose your cruise, then call your travel agent for details and your ticket.”

Bermuda Air Cruises Brochure, 1938 [Back Cover]

bermuda_backTop plane: Pan American Airways’ U.S.A. Bermuda Clipper
Bottom plane: Imperial Airways’ R.M.A. Cavalier