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First time over the Pacific Ocean 1979

Great Circle Route Auckland and Honolulu

Another View

Another View

This was the first time I flew over the Pacific Ocean.  Pacific Ocean travel was begun using a complicated route by PanAmerican Airways in the 1930’s.  It involved many stops for refueling. Including Guam, Honolulu and Manila.  The key to the whole route was wake island. Without it the flight would have been impossible as planes could not carry that much fuel in those days.

Betsy

Betsy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PanAm Jumbo

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 (B-HUA) taxiing ...

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 (B-HUA) taxiing to a gate at Singapore Changi Airport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to legend, the airline was conceived by Farrell and some foreign correspondents at the bar of the Manila Hotel. On Cathay Pacific’s maiden voyage, Roy Farrell and Sydney de Kantzow flew from Hong Kong to Manila, and later on to Shanghai. They had a single Douglas DC-3, nicknamed Betsy. The airline initially flew routes between Hong Kong, Sydney, Manila, Singapore, Shanghai, and Canton, while scheduled service was limited to Bangkok, Manila, and Singapore only.

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