National Geographic : 1936 Dec
SISTER SHIPS OF THE TRANSPACIFIC SKYWAY AT THEIR HOME PORT, ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA Aboard the Philippine Clipper (right) the author made the flight to Manila and back in December, 1935.Attheleft isthe China Clipper. Photograph from Wide World "CAN SUCH A BIG MACHINE REALLY FLY?" Bystanders exclaimed in wonderment as the China Clipper in its cradle was wheeled out on November 21, 1935, andpoised toenter the water for the start of thefirst transpacific airmail flight the following day (page 668). Mechanics clamber over the plane, making final inspections.