Treasure Hunt #6
Winner: Rick Burchill of Hauula, HI.
Random drawing from 5 correct answers performed by Erica Foote.
Answers were due by midnight, June 12, 2001
This week's prize:
a life vest contained within a pouch, which is held around your waist
by a belt. The advantage of such a belt is that you are unlikely to get
out of the plane without it, and it is quicker to inflate and provide
flotation than a vest which must be put on from scratch.
These life vests in pouches are available
from Aviation Life Support, Inc. in the green Air Service Hangar
at Honolulu International, phone (808) 833-5628.
Sixth week's Question:
The year is 1935. Pan American Airways has just flown its first survey
flight from California to Hawaii, in preparation for beginning passenger
and mail service later that year. What is the manufacturer and model number
of the plane Pan American used for this first survey flight?
Sikorsky S-42. The S-42s of Pan American Airways allowed the company to
iron out problems associated with long-distance, overwater travel, beginning
with a first flight from Alameda (Oakland) to Pearl Harbor in April, 1935,
during a flight which lasted 17 hrs. 44 minutes. These planes conducted
the first survey flights because they were available to Pan Am before
more capable aircraft arrived. In November, the first mail flight arrived
on Oahu via Martin M-130. The Martins could carry a greater load than
the S-42s, but they were no speed demons since the first M-130 flight
from California to Hawaii took 21 hrs. and 20 minutes.
Inter-Island Airways, predecessor of Hawaiian
Airlines, took delivery of the first of four Sikorsky S-43s in December
of 1935. Although the plane was considerably smaller than an S-42, it
was still a big jump forward from the slow S-38 Sikorskys flown until
that time. Since islanders were still dazzled by the achievements of the
Pan Am Clippers, Inter-Island airways proudly referred to their little
Sikorskys as "Baby Clippers".
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