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Plate No. 08: Boeing B-377 Historic First Flights of Pan-American Clippers

John T. McCoy

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England: Pan American World Airways, Inc., 1963. Limited ed "Clipper America, first airliner to service Operation Deep Freeze, arrives Mcmurdo Sound, Antarctica, October 15, 1957"Pan American Boeing B-377 Stratocruister, Clipper American (NC1030V), carrying government officials and United States Navy construction teams assigned to Operation Deep Freeze, arrives McMurdo Sound on October 15, 1957. Captain Ralph Savory and a crew of nine departed Christchurch, New Zealand, on this pioneering commercial airline flight to Antarctica. The double-decked Boeing landed on a snow-covered runway built by a 'wintering-over' party laboring in temperatures as low as minus 68 degrees fahrenheit.The Stratocruiser, a mainstay of Pan American's fleet for 12 post-war years, was a favorite of both flight crews and passengers. These aircraft logged an impressive 7,500,000,000 passenger miles before retiring to make way for new Jet Clippers. (Item ID: 7139)

Limited Edition Set Historic First Flights of Pan American Clippers by John T. McCoy, (New York: Pan American World Airways, 1963), the full set consists of one page and ten full color plates, 20"" x 16"", paper portfolio cover, first edition, limited edition. Each plate in this set is signed by the artist, John T. McCoy. All are perfect for framing. This set was released to commemorate historic flights by Pan American Airlines. "Several years of research have gone into the development of this series, the Pan American insignia, serial numbers, aircraft markings, and geographical settings are accurate for each flight (Pan American Airlines, 1963-70)."


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