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Pearl Harbor forced first around-the-world commercial flight

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Strange things occurred Dec 7, 1941 -- global flight without maps or preplanning -- really historic and great read (www.washingtonpost.com) Mehr...

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Cleffer
Cleffer 21
"He flew without any sudden course corrections and landed the flying boat in the harbor. Ford then noticed a small tender with a furiously waving boatman, who shouted that the plane had landed in a minefield."

Pucker Factor 100.
coinflyer
coinflyer 18
Amazingly, this article never mentioned the thrilling book "The Long Way Home" by Ed Dover, which recounts how Captain Ford and his Pan American clipper got trapped by the events and how he solved the myriad problems he encountered in this magnificent true story.
morrisjd
Jack Morris 2
Excellent book. Anyone interested in reading the full account should read this book.
iffmode4
Chris Croft 10
What an extraordinary story of the exploits of aviators caught up in a world at war,trying to get home.
aaronfm
There's also a great long-form article about it here
https://medium.com/s/story/the-long-way-round-the-plane-that-accidentally-circumnavigated-the-world-c04ca734c6bb
yakc130
Doug Zalud 1
That's one helluva article. Thanks for posting the link.
davidjreith
David Reith 1
Thanks, Aaron - enjoyed reading
jbsimms
James Simms 8
Sadly, not an original & complete Boeing 314 exists today, only a mock up replica in Ireland. I did a Senior Adult Lifelong Learning class on this last Summer.
bbabis
bbabis 7
When they finally broke radio silence, the Pan-AM radio operator in NY was shocked to hear a clipper approaching from the East when none was expected. I believe it had to circle out in the Atlantic for several hours until sunrise provided light for a safe landing in the harbor.
ElliotCannon
Elliot Cannon 6
Who was the most important person in the cockpit of that huge flying boat? Here's a hint. The navigators table was 8 feet long. LOL
yakc130
Doug Zalud 5
Awesome story.
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 2
I doubt few today could accomplish such, especially with the reliance everyone has on GPS.
Wyatt63
Wyatt N-Johnson 2
Tremendous feat. I wonder how many modern flight crews could do the same today with basically just a compass, sextant, and world map from a library.

A short video here :
https://youtu.be/hW03fbBHDNI

And remember the graet circle routes abross the pacific from SFO ? wher the longest leg was about 2100 nautical miles
bigjulie
Julius Thompson 2
Damn PaywaLL!
ko25701
ko25701 3
Yes, I found the article here for free https://jalopnik.com/pearl-harbor-forced-a-plane-to-fly-around-the-world-to-1848174258
mcgeady
S McGeady 2
You can read most paywalled articles on the WP by just turning off Javascript for the site.
Ron777
Ron Vriesman 2
Learn something amazing every day.
My heart goes out to the pilot and crew of this unscheduled journey.
Now to find the book.
4Jan
MmJan Coopman 2
A day that will live in infamy for other reasons, too, I see. Thank you for educating.
jamartinster
Jaime Martinez 1
Merece que los estudios filmográficos hagan una pelicula, el hombre fue un heroe y en la actualidad la gente necesita de ejemplos de valor cuando el cine sólo ofrece fantasias.
Carioca
Tomer Ariav 1
WOW!!

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