This week's image is one picture in a series of thirteen watercolors
of Panama America aircraft by John T. McCoy. I found this item at a
local flea market that I frequent. It was laying on the ground
with a bunch of items out of an estate. I recognized the Gatun
Locks and Dam right away and picked it up of the ground. It
cost me a buck. The watercolor print is on the cover of a Pan
American 1st Class Menu from 1984. Within the menu, this is written:
First Flights of Pan American Clippers
one is of Pan America's S-38 amphibian (NC8000), flown by Colonel
Charles A. Lindbergh, arrives in the Panama Canal Zone, concluding a
2,000-mile, two-and-a-half-day journey through seven Latin American
countries. The formidable course over water, jungle and
mountains established the western link of the air routes that soon were
to criss-cross he Caribbean. The newly designed 100-mph
Sikorsky, often referred to as "The Flying Duck,"
pioneered many routes for Pan American and played a key role in the
development of air travel to Latin America."
menu is quite impressive with top shelf alcohol beverages and five
star restaurant food items including Caviar.
is a very historic item in many ways.
flying over the Gatun Locks and Dam, Lindberg landed in France
Field, Canal Zone on this day, February 6, 1929.