Columbus of the Airways

Josephson, Matthew
September 1943
Saturday Evening Post;9/4/1943, Vol. 216 Issue 10, p20
The article focuses on Juan Trippe's fight to build his global airway, in relation to the peaceful landing of a Pacific Clipper. In 1934, Pan American Airways president Trippe made an announcement that they are getting ready to fly the Atlantic. Few months later, he announced that they are going to fly across the Pacific instead of the Atlantic. Trippe saw that the air diplomacy of the transatlantic routes will be difficult. For the ocean airway across the Pacific, he temporarily abandoned the idea of the far-northern great circle course because of political strain existing between the U.S. and Soviet Russia. The legend that he discovered his routes by peering for long hours at an immense globe has grown because of his reputation as a strategist of international airways.


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