LAGUARDIA TOWER LAGUARDIA TOWER. THIS IS PAN AMERICAN CLIPPER NC18602 INBOUND FROM AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND. DUE TO ARRIVE PAN AMERICAN MARINE TERMINAL LAGUARDIA IN SEVEN MINUTES. OVER.It left San Francisco on 1 December 1941 bound for Auckland, NZ. They were two days out from Hawaii when they heard of the Japanese attack, and the Pacific route back from New Zealand was closed. Instead, they flew across Australia, Java, Ceylon, Africa, Brazil and up to New York the "long way around".
Along the way they pushed the airframe far beyond what it was designed for. The crew adapted to the problems, they avoided being shot down over Java or crashing on takeoff from the Nile. Giants strode the Earth in those days.