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The Long-Awaited Documentary on Pan Am Is Here !

 A New PBS Documentary Series about Pan American Airways

by Moreno/Lyons Productions
in association with
The Pan Am Historical Foundation

National release date:
May 18, 2020

Trouble Viewing?   Link to the Across the Pacific Trailer on Vimeo


When the China Clipper took off for the first scheduled flight to Manila on November 22, 1935, it 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. That's the story brought to life in "Across the Pacific." Newly unearthed archival motion pictures, photographs, and original sound recordings as well as stunning graphics, help bring this history back to life. The film by Moreno/Lyons Productions tells 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 three-part program will be broadcast on public television, beginning May 18th, 2020.

Thank you for your support over the years leading to the culmination of this project!





Part 1


Part 2

Latin Laboratory

Part 3

Another Ocean

CA Los Angeles KLCS 8:00 PM Tuesday 5/19/20 5/26/20 6/2/20
CA San Bernadino KVCR 7:00 PM Tuesday 5/19/20 5/26/20 6/2/20
SC South Carolina SCETV Network 2:00 PM Sunday 5/24/20 5/31/20 6/7/20 "World" Channel
FL Cocoa/Central FL WEFS 8:00 PM Thursday 5/21/20 5/28/20 6/4/20
VA Richmond WCVE VPM Network 9:00 PM Thursday 5/21/20 5/28/20 6/4/20
FL Tampa WEDQ 1:30 PM Tuesday 5/26/20 TBD TBD
IL Chicago WTTW 6:00 PM Sunday 5/31/20 6/7/20 6/14/20
TX Houston KUHT 10:00 PM Wednesday 6/3/20 6/10/20 6/17/20
NC Raleigh-Durham WUNC Network 8:00-11:00 PM Sunday 6/7/20 6/7/20 6/7/20  Plus 11 Affiliates
NV Reno KNPB 11:00 AM Sunday 6/14/20 6/21/20 6/28/20
CA San Francisco KQED 10:00 PM Wednesday 7/22/20 7/29/20 8/5/20  


Three 1-Hour Episodes

1. “Airborne”.  
Airline executive Juan Trippe, pilot Charles Lindbergh, airplane builder Igor Sikorsky and radio engineer Hugo Leuteritz join forces to build an airline to Latin America as Pan Am takes flight.

2. “Latin Laboratory”.
Pan Am builds larger flying boats and harnesses radio for navigation as it dominates service to Latin America. Juan Trippe’s plans to cross the Atlantic are dashed when Britain bars his planes from landing. So he sets his sights on the Pacific instead.

3. “Another Ocean”.
Defying the skeptics, Pan Am builds an airway to Asia, allowing the China Clipper to hopscotch across the world’s widest ocean by landing at five stepping stone islands: Hawaii, Midway, Wake Island, Guam and the Philippines.


4Pan Am Poster Fly to the South Sea Isles


How You Can View “Across the Pacific”

US Television Premiere:  May 2020

VPM PBS (Richmond Virginia Public Television) will premiere  “Across the Pacific” on three consecutive Thursdays -- May 21, May 28 and June 4, 2020 -- at 9PM.

In the US:

Beginning May 18, 2020 all PBS stations will be able to broadcast the  "Across the Pacific" series via American Public TV: 

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Outside the US:

“Across the Pacific” will be distributed in locations outside the USA through TVF International.

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Streaming Now on

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