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Tai Sing Loo Pan Am Clipper Photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2019-00-00-21
The Tai Sing Loo Pan Am Clipper Photographs includes six black-and-white photographs taken by Loo in April 1935 documenting the first Pan American Clipper flight to Hawaii. The images depict the arrival, landing and departure of the plane piloted by Captain Edwin C. Musick. The photographs are numbered and original order was maintained. On the front of each photograph is Loo's name and date; three also include printed captions. Unidentified crew and dignitaries are in four of the images. However, there is a photocopy of a New York Times article about the event which identifies two men present: Pan American Airways Honolulu manager J.P. Van Zandt and Pan American Airways division manager Clarence Young.


  • 1935 April


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0.01 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder)

Biographical Note: Tai Sing Loo

Tai Sing Loo (1886–1971) was an official United States Navy photographer at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

Tai Sing Loo was born on April 4, 1886 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Sam Choy Loo and An Quan (Wong Shi) Wong, both born in China. By 1892, the family had relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii. Loo worked as a photographer throughout his life starting in 1909 when he joined Gurrey Art Shop in Honolulu, Hawaii. Loo remained there until 1919. From 1919 until his retirement in 1947, he served as the official United States Navy photographer at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and base. He also helped to break the Japanese Codes that were put into false newspaper advertisements that detailed when the attack would occur and the formations of the planes for the attack. In 1984, the U.S. Navy honored him with a calendar chronicling his career.

Some of his well-known photographs include many of surfer Duke Kahanamoku, Pearl Harbor before and after the bombing, celebrity and presidential visits to Hawaii, and landscapes, including volcanic eruptions. Tai Sing Loo was married to Florence Ngit Young Ching. The couple had four children. He died on August 26, 1971 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Source: Biography derived from


Guide to the Tai Sing Loo Pan Am Clipper Photographs
Completed - Level 2
Jenn Parent
2022 September
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1st edition

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