"The Long Way Home - Revised Edition" by Ed Dover

NC02 at SFO

Boeing B-314 Clipper NC18602

On its docking cradle at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay

(Boeing Aircraft photo)









The Boeing B-314 flight deck.

At left, the navigator’s table; right, the radio operator’s desk; lower right the engineer’s desk.  Circular control in the cabin roof was manually operated radio direction finding loop.The long horizontal tube at the near end of the navigator’s table was a periscopic drift sight for taking wind drift readings from ocean white caps. (Boeing Aircraft photo)




The Boeing B-314 cockpit.

The hatch between the pilots' seats led to the bow compartment where the sea anchors and other emergency equipment was stowed.






A B-314 takeoff was always a dramatic sight. Here, the moment of liftoff. (Pan American World Airways photo)







Catwalks inside the leading edges of the wings allowed access to the engine compartments in flight.  (Pan American Airways photo)











The upper cargo compartment directly behind the flight deck housed the navigator’s dome where the navigator took star sights for determining the aircraft’s position.

(Pan American Airways photo)









Spacious main cabin could seat 14 persons at a time for formal

dining.  The door leads out to the sea wing entrance which was

the main entrance to the cabin. (Boeing Aircraft Company photo)






Plush, comfortable seating and spacious “walkabout” room made the long overseas flights less fatiguing.  (Pan American Airways photo)





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