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Pan Am To South America
Description: A tour of some of the Caribbean, Central & South American cities served by Pan American Airways in 1935
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Clip #: TFA-42B
Length: 38:29
Year: 1935
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1930s
Region: South America
City: Santiago
Subject: Air Travel
Original: 16mm
SIKORSKY S-40 NC-752V Pan Am Southern Clipper flying over water, flying boat, airmail, Caribbean, Haiti, Port Au Prince, cathedral, capitol, indians on donkeys, Haitian women going to market, baskets on head, open air market square, harbor, hand driven lathe, trimmer made of bedsprings, tools, sawing hardwood log, plane in air, plane takes off, Christophe's Citadel, Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, plane lands on water, tree to which Columbus tied his ship, Catedral Santa MarĂ­a La Menor, first cathedral in the Americas, bells given by Ferdinand and Isabelle, ruins of castle of Diego Columbus, plane takes off, #NC-80V American Clipper, cockpit, pilot, instrument panel, passengers at table, San Juan, Puerto Rico, streetcar, Morro Castle, smaller plane, St Thomas, Virgin Islands, Saba island, rowboat bringing supplies ashore, St Johns, Antiqua, Mt Pelee, Martinique, Trinidad, Port of Spain, hindu priests, baby bath in bucket, pitch lake, digging asphalt, sugar cane fields, cutting and grinding cane, oxen cart filled with sugar cane, windmill grinding mill, making syrup, sugar, rum, large wooden gears, boys eating sugar cane, cu windmill blades, passengers, Orinoco River, British Guinana, Guyana, Georgetown, Demerara River, rice fields of Dutch Guyana, Paramaribo, Suriname, Government House, Queen Wilhelmina statue, Javanese, trafic policeman, Kaieteur Falls waterfall, bush negroes, cooking bread from Cassava root, bathing baby, logging, men hauling large hard wood logs from jungle, felling large tree, water buffalo dragging logs, dugout canoes on river, in rapids, Amazon delta, Brazil, Belem, Belem do Para, air mail base, cockpit with instruments, Consolidated Commodore plane PP-PAG on ground, mail being unloaded, plane taxis off in water, fish traps, cockpit, POV plane landing on water, fishing boats, community fishing net, men pulling on big rope, hauling nets, men holding fish, plane landing, Sao Salvador, Bahia, elevator tower, servicing airplane in hangar, Rio de Janeiro, propellers spinning, Santiago, Chile, Douglas DC-3 plane flying over city, snow covered peaks, Andes mountains, inside of cabin, passengers, Christ of the Andes statue, Mt.Aconcagua, Argentina, cockpit, pilots, passengers, plane landing at Mendosa, Charles Lindbergh

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Pan Am purchased a number of ailing or defunct airlines in Central and South America, and negotiated with postal officials to win most of the government's airmail contracts to the region. In September 1929, Juan Trippe toured Latin America with Charles Lindbergh to negotiate landing rights in a number of countries. By the end of the year, Pan Am offered flights down the west coast of South America to Peru. The following year, Pan Am purchased the New York, Rio, and Buenos Aires Line (NYRBA), giving it a seaplane route along the east coast of South America to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and westbound to Santiago, Chile, and renaming it Panair do Brasil. Pan Am also partnered with Grace Shipping Company in 1929 to form Pan American-Grace Airways, better known as Panagra, to gain a foothold to Andes countries in South America.

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