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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Long Way Round

Boeing 314
Great story about a flying boat that circled the world at the outbreak of WW2. Getting across the Pacific took some doing. The aircraft did not have the range to reach across the really long stretches, so they set up refueling stops at otherwise uninhabited islands.

Pan American flying to New Zealand used Kanton Island. Not much there.
The would send a schooner with fuel in advance of the flight. God forbid you made an error in navigation. Photo by Ken Barber 1944.
Canton Island. British base buildings in background.
The Long Way Round

1 comment:

Ole Phat Stu said...

That's "around" not "round", even the Biker movie got that wrong :-(