Pan American Airways in Pop Culture Lecture and Book Signing Oct. 9 at the Museum of Flight

The Pan American Airways flying boat airliners of the 1930s and 1940s evoked everything that was luxurious, exotic and glamorous in air travel.

Pan American Airways poster. Courtesy The Museum of Flight

These giant “clipper ships” flew the seven seas, and Pan Am’s marketing made it seem that paradise was just a plane ride away. On Oct. 9 at The Museum of Flight, Larry Weirather author of “China Clipper, Pan American Airway and Popular Culture,” will show the many ways–movies, books and posters–Pan Am clipper ships were more than just airliners. This lavishly illustrated presentation is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater, and is free with admission to the Museum. Weirather will sign books following the program.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $8 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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