The engines of the silver aircraft roared as her pilot, renowned PAA aviator Capt. Edwin Musick, coaxed the heavy aircraft up from San Francisco Bay bound for Manila via Honolulu, Midway, Wake Island and Guam. The 8,200-mile journey featured the delivery of U.S. air mail, including personal letters to the president of the Philippines from Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The flight was completed some 59 hours after passing over the Golden Gate. The world listened intently to international radio broadcasts that covered every detail of the dangerous journey across the Pacific Ocean.
On Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, the Alameda Naval Air Museum will commemorate the inaugural flight of China Clipper through a living history re-enactment of the 1935 event. Featuring a simulated radio broadcast, complete with live re-enactors portraying actual participants and dignitaries, plus vintage vehicles, a military fly-by and more, the event promises a rare opportunity to turn back the clock and participate in what was a significant event in world and aviation history.
Attendees of all ages are invited to dress in 1930s-period attire. As part of the event, the museum will also open its new China Clipper exhibit to the public.
The commemoration runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $5, and parking is free. Food and beverages will be available. Alameda Naval Air Museum, located at 2151Ferry Point Road, Building 77 in Alameda, is registered with the State of California as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The all-volunteer museum has been in operation since 2004.
For more information, call Kin Robles 925-759-2090, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alamedanavalairmuseum.org.