The breakthrough in the commercial air traffic between the old and the New world was a great spectacle. Thousands of spectators came on the 28. June, 1939, in Long Island in upstate New York, to see the giant flyer “Dixie Clipper” stand out. It was a world premiere that would revolutionize transatlantic travel: The US airline Pan American Airways (Pan Am) was the first line of operation for passenger flights across the Atlantic. From now on, everyone could fly with the necessary money for the expensive ticket from America to Europe. Of New York, the Route via the Azores and Lisbon to Marseille.

“A great day, not only for Pan Am, but for commercial aviation as a whole,” describes the Pan Am Historical Foundation the first TRANS-Atlantic flight. According to the Foundation, which takes care of the historical heritage which was founded in 1927, and in 1991, an insolvent U.S. Airline, went to 22 the number of customers in the Long Island aboard the “Dixie Clipper” referred to the Boeing 314. The four-engine long-range flying boat, which was launched on the water, and landed, was regarded as the epitome of luxury and progress. Some of the passengers had secured the Tickets years in advance.


The Boeing 314 was a four-engined flying boat with great range and reached a maximum speed of 320 km/h

Picture Alliance flyer with Sofa Lounges and dressing cabins

Rich customer cracks up before Pan Ams “Clipper”Service, which was headed for other targets, even far away in the Pacific. Compared with the modest Standard of today’s scheduled flights, the flight offered boats are an enormous comfort, however, only a few could afford. Because, only first class has traveled to the fine dining salon, the waiter served gourmet food from the chefs of New York’s top hotels. Between the Sofa-Lounges, Bordbar and dressing cabins, passengers strolled in the spacious interior. Ladies Toilets with sleek cosmetics area completed the picture.

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Poster Anonymous, 1933: The route network Pan Am had with the four-engined Sikorsky S-42 boats grown flight far beyond Central America to South America.

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After the flight across the Atlantic ocean for a long time, adventurous pioneers, and about two years before that, the German airship “Hindenburg” crashed, free the way seemed to be for the trip across the “big pond” once and for all. But the dawning of the new Era was ended by the Second world war quickly. Well, two months after the Pan Ams Premiere, marched in Nazi Germany in Poland.

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During the war, the “Clipper”fleet was in the military service, after which the machines were technically obsolete. Until the TRANS-Atlantic air traffic continued right through, it took.

First of all, the trip remained over the ocean for the masses unaffordable luxury. All of that changed in the 1950s, gradually, as the Pan Am, once again, took on a leading role. 26. October 1958, launched the Airline with Boeing Jets 707 daily Jet traffic between the USA and Europe. With 111 passengers to “America”, landed after eight hours and 41 minutes in Paris Le Bourget, where, in 1927, already Charles A. Lindbergh Atlantic tribute arrived after his memorable flight. The doors to the Jet age were bumping this up – the flight times across the North Atlantic were virtually halved.

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It was, once again, the legendary Pan Am boss Juan Trippe – the years before the “Clipper”fleet had ordered the Boeing and later for the development of the revolutionary Jumbo Jets, the 747 brought. With over 500 places, he allowed the Airlines a very different price policy and made the flight over the Atlantic ocean, finally to the masses.

Today, the routes for tourism and Transport are essential. But not everything always went smooth. The had to about experience, Air France and British Airways, the Supersonic passenger aircraft Concorde, which was from November 1977 to October 2003, between the coasts of on-the-go. Despite the expensive Tickets, the Airlines could not operate the kerosene-eaters at some point economically. The crash in Paris in July 2000, with 113 deaths and the terrorist attacks of September 2001 gave the Rest of it.

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