I only fly the A2A Stratocruiser (1245 hours) and I collect anything B-377 Stratocruiser, models, photo's, art work, memorabilia, magazines articles about the 377 (Life Magazine) and movies that include the Stratocruiser in action.
I thought I would share a real gem with you that I found through rareaviation.com its titled ""Pan Am Clipper to Hawaii"".
It's a short 20 minute film done in the very early 1950s that has been very well preserved and was filmed in colour which was rare in those days.
The story line is about a newly wed couple who are going to Hawaii for their honeymoon aboard the Pan Am clipper ( " Bald Eagle" ).
You get great shots of the Pan Am livery, passengers boarding using those Pan Am stairs, full open cowl flaps on the massive 4360s just waiting to be fired up, all aboard all doors closed and locked, then on to the flight engineers station for start up, a nice head on runway run, cockpit view of V1, and great mid air shots over the San Francisco Bay area as she turns into the wind for her ten hour flight.
You will see the massive leg room afforded these passengers that paid around $600.00 to fly in absolute luxury. ( That would be like Ten thousand dollars now ) or a good salary for a months work by the average Joe back then.
You will see the seven coarse meals served complete with linen table cloths, silverware, and crystal champagne flutes and then after dinner great shots of the spiral staircase down to the lounge for a glass of wine, or an Old fashioned and a Chesterfield.
You will see the ever attentive air hostess turn down the sleeper berths and fluff the goose down pillows for their passengers sleeping comfort.
You will then see the Clipper descending into (HNL) Honolulu after a wonderful breakfast, and then a very nice nose wheel landing just like the ones we do. ( Note how this ship just keeps floating down the runway, it really seems like forever before she decides she wants to land )
The film then moves onto the great cars, hotels and scenery of Honolulu in the 1950"s, even a luau and a pig roast to top off a great day sightseeing.
If you like this time period as I do, and want to see and feel what it must have been like to fly in the greatest most technologically advanced piston driven airliner the world has ever known or ever will know, then I highly recommend this RareAviation treasure from the past.
And thanks again to A2A for making my dreams come true.