The story of Pan American Airways Captain Robert Ford’s record-breaking flight around the world following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 told, for the first time, in a full-length dramatized narrative that provides details never mentioned in previous accounts of the flight.
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Ed Dover’s background more than qualifies him to spin this tale of aeronautical adventure. As a Flight Radio Officer for Pan American Airways between 1942 and 1948 he flew on board Pan American’s Martin M130 and Boeing B314 flying boats. He also worked as a ground radio operator at Pan Am’s bases at Pearl City, Oahu and Noumea, New Caledonia during 1942 and 1943. He flew the South Pacific routes from Hawaii to Canton Island, Suva, Fiji, Noumea and Brisbane, Australia.
In 1992 and 1993 Ed visited with Captain Ford and obtained two hours of taped interviews. He also met with and interviewed Flight Radio Officer Eugene Leach. Those interviews, along with Ed’s personal experiences aboard the Clippers, provide the foundation for this detailed account of a significant event in aviation history. Ed’s intimate first-hand knowledge of what it was like to fly on these majestic flying boats adds a degree of authenticity that brings a “you are there” experience to the narrative.
This version of one of the most famous flights in aviation history is a must-have acquisition for the aeronautical library of any serious aviation history buff and particularly for those who have had a past connection to the original but not forgotten Pan American Airways.
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