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Martin M-130 “Clipper” Series Flying Boat

Martin M-130 “Clipper” Series Flying Boat

Designed and built in 1935, the Martin M-130 Flying Boats were one of the first commercial aircraft to crisscross the Pacific Ocean. Three flying boats (officially “ocean transports”)– The China Clipper, The Philippine Clipper, and The Hawaii Clipper– flew weekly routes for Pan-American Airways between San Francisco, Honolulu, Midway Island, Manilla, and Hong Kong. The “Clipper” Flying Boats captured the public’s imagination and quickly carried passengers and mail to destinations previously only accessible by much slower ships and boats.

With a wingspan of 39.7 meters and a length of 27.7 meters, the “clipper” series of flying boats could carry up to 9 crew members and 36 passengers (18 passengers for overnight flights) each flight. The Martin M-130 is immortalized in the stunning Art Deco travel posters of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Relive the excitement of the early days of international commercial aviation with this set that includes the flying boat, tropical dock, row dingy, and minifigures of the flying boat’s pilot, flight officers, and cabin stewards.