Getting set for take-off . . .
After a great many months under development, we can finally announce that the documentary film Across the Pacific is close to becoming reality. In fact, the film is inspiring a companion traveling museum exhibit .
When the China Clipper took off for the first scheduled flight to Manila on November 22, 1935, she riveted the attention of people around the world. At that moment Pan Am vaulted to a commanding position and the world changed forever as a result. But the trail of events leading up to that day is not so well known – that's the story that will be brought to life in Across the Pacific. Newly unearthed archival motion pictures, photographs, and original sound recordings as well as stunning graphics, will help bring this history back to life.
The film, a joint effort of Moreno/Lyons Productions and Pelican Films brings the epic story of how Pan American Airways became the first to bridge the mighty Pacific - the first airline to cross any ocean. Focusing in particular on the contributions of Pan Am’s visionary leader Juan Trippe, aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky, and radio engineer Hugo Leuteritz, the two-hour program will be broadcast on public television.
The potential museum exhibit will bring museum-goers up close and personal with Pan Am’s fabulous history, exploring and expanding on themes from the documentary, using graphics, archival motion pictures, audio, photos, documents, and historic artifacts to tell the story.
The television production’s budget is over 1 million dollars. Most of that is already pledged, including a major production grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, participation by Smithsonian Networks, and funds provided through the auspices of third parties including the Pan Am Historical Foundation.