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Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.

Lovingly restored Pan Am Clipper Flying Cloud sinking into the
waters of Elliott Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the crew and a
floating crane took the aircraft to shore.

The War Years
In January 1942, about two months
after the attack on Pearl Harbor brought
the United States into World War II, the
five Stratoliners owned by TWA were
taken over by the Army Air Transport
Command. They were given the military
designation C-75 and received army
serial numbers. Technically, they
became the property of the military
but were operated by crews from TWA
who logged 3,000 accident-free transAtlantic crossings before the war was
over. Hughes, on the other hand, refused
to give up The Flying Penthouse.
You might wonder, if the Stratoliners
were so useful, why didn't the military
order another batch from Boeing?
Ostensibly, it wouldn't have really
stressed the B-17 production lines,
because it seemed they were practically
turning out a dozen B-17s every
morning before breakfast.
In August 1944, the Army Air Forces
began to return the five Stratoliners to

TWA. They went directly to Boeing to
receive major upgrades, including a
brand-new set of B-17 wings, tail and
landing gear plus larger engines, all of
which resulted in greater payload and
range capabilities than when they were
originally manufactured. By April 1945,
all five were back in service with TWA.
As for the three Pan Am
Stratoliners, they stayed with Pan Am
through the war but were contracted
to fly for the military. Most of their
operations were from Miami to Central
and South America, and, after the war,
these Stratoliners were mostly operated
between Miami and Havana until being
retired in 1947.

The Pan Am Diaspora
In 1948, the three Pan Am Stratoliners
were sold to Airline Training Inc. of
Homestead, Florida, to be used for
four-engine training for pilots and flight
engineers. Two of the three were later
sold to Aerovias Equatorianas where

they served until about 1952. They
then moved on to other operators and
were eventually lost in accidents, one
in 1958 and the other in 1961. The
third one, serial number 2003, served
for a time in the Haitian Air Force as
the presidential aircraft for "Papa Doc"
Duvalier and later returned to the United
States and was used by a private owner
who converted it to a support aircraft
for a crop-dusting operation.
In 1969, it was donated to the
Smithsonian National Air and Space
Museum and put into outdoor storage at
the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson,
Arizona. Sometime in the late 1980s,
this author saw the aircraft there. I recall
the back end coming into view and
noticed, at first glance, the unmistakable
vertical tail, which made me think it was
some variant of the B-17 bomber. It was
only when I made my way to the front
end and saw the panorama of cockpit
windows that I realized it was something
completely different.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019

ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019
From the President
News & Event Calendar
News & Event Calendar
Perspectives: Q&A With Gerry Laderman
Bracing for Change
An Industry in Transition
The Bedrock of Tomorrow’s Leaders
The Future of Trading
Aviation History: Boeing Stratoliner
Aviation History: Boeing Stratoliner
Appraisal: CF34-8 and RB211-535
Appraisal: CF34-8 and RB211-535
ISTAT Foundation: Q&A With a Grant Recipient
ISTAT Foundation: Q&A With a Grant Recipient
At a Glance: Barbara FitzGerald
What’s Next: ISTAT Flies to Austin, Texas
Advertiser Index
ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - Intro
ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019
ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - Cover2
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - From the President
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - News & Event Calendar
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - Perspectives: Q&A With Gerry Laderman
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - Bracing for Change
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - An Industry in Transition
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - The Bedrock of Tomorrow’s Leaders
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - 33
ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - The Future of Trading
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - Aviation History: Boeing Stratoliner
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - Appraisal: CF34-8 and RB211-535
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - ISTAT Foundation: Q&A With a Grant Recipient
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - At a Glance: Barbara FitzGerald
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - What’s Next: ISTAT Flies to Austin, Texas
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - Advertiser Index
ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - Cover3
ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2019 - Cover4
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