1941/42 Pan American Airways B314's long way home Dec 6, 2020 10:25:03 GMT -5 chris_c and Erik like this
Post by Deleted on Dec 6, 2020 10:25:03 GMT -5
Flying boats seem to have "high season" here. So actually I'm trying to recreate following occurence as AI flight:
At the outbreak of the war in the Pacific in December 1941, the 'Pacific Clipper' was en route to New Zealand from San Francisco. Rather than risk flying back to Honolulu and being shot down by Japanese fighters, it was directed to fly west to New York.
Starting on December 8, 1941 at Auckland, New Zealand, the Pacific Clipper covered over 31,500 mi via locations including Surabaya, Karachi, Bahrain, Khartoum and Leopoldville. The 'Pacific Clipper' landed at Pan American's LaGuardia Field seaplane base on January 6, 1942, completing the first commercial plane flight to circumnavigate the world.
The extraordinary journey of Captain Robert Ford and his 10 men crew is related in Ed Dover's book "The Long Way Home".
Here some shoots of the very first legs. It's still in progress.
On December 1st, 1941, the 'Pacific Clipper' took off at Treasure Island heading to San Pedro, CA
where it landed for a short stop.
After a flight of about eleven hours, the flying boat reached O'ahu Island and Honolulu.
While approaching the waterfield and PAA base at Pearl City peninsula in the late afternoon, it flew over Hickham Field Air Force Base and Ford Island Naval Air Station. Both bases are still missing aircraft. They will be added later.
Early morning of December 4, 1941 the 'Pacific Clipper' left Pearl City base for its way to the next stopover at Canton Island, Kiribati.
At this time, the coming up disaster was already taking its course. The Imperial Japanese Carrier Task Force with the Agaki, Hiryu, Kaga and Soryu was about 1'700 miles north of Hawaii. You know how this part went on ...
At this stage, Captain Ford wasn't aware how this fact will affect the rest ot the year. Let's see later.
The shoots aren't by far as stunning as those of Mike Hart's 'P3D Flying Boat Scenery Package' or of Larry's recent Lodestar review.