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Pan Am Airways Clipper Photograph Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 1991-09-23-A
The collection consists of correspondence from Edmund Abbott to Aggie and John Diebold in 1984 that includes two black-and-white 7x9" photographs of Pan American's amphibious Clipper aircraft, taken in Florida, 1937. One photograph features a Pan Am Airways Sikorsky S-42 on a runway. The other photograph features a Pan Am Airways Sikorsky S-40 docked with passengers boarding.


  • 1937, 1984

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 letter-size folder)

Historical Note: Pan Am Airways S-40, American Clipper

Based in Dinner Key, Miami, Florida, Pan American Airways began service with amphibious "flying boats" for its South American routes in 1931. Sikorsky developed the S-40 model, a 38 passenger aircraft, in response to Pan Am Airways president Juan Trippe's request for an amphibious aircraft with greater passenger capacity than the 8 passenger S-38. Sikorsky built three S-40 aircraft that then became the first members of the Pan American Airways Clipper family. The Pan Am Airways Sikorsky S-40 featured in one of the photographs appears to have tail number NC-80V, which was the tail number of the S-40 nicknamed the "American Clipper."

Custodial History

The materials were found in a book donation.
Guide to the Pan Am Airways Clipper Photograph Collection
Completed - Level 2
L. Rola
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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