The Long-Awaited Documentary on Pan Am Is Here !

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

Across the Pacific by Moreno-Lyons Productions in association with Pan Am Historical Foundation  image

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

 A New PBS Series about Pan American Airways

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.  It premiered on VPM PBS in Richmond Virginia May/June 2020.

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


Watch “Across the Pacific” through the PBS Video App on these platforms:
IOS • Android • Roku • Samsung Smart TV (Tizen) • Apple TV • Adroid TV • Amazon Fire TV • Chromecast
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Available For Purchase:

Amazon Prime Video

HD $2.99/episode or $6.99/season


Apple iTunes via PBS Digital:

SD $1.99/episode or $4.99/season

HD $2.99/episode or $6.99/season



Episode 1 Airborne

Episode 1 - "Airborne

Episode 2 Latin Laboratory

 Episode 2 - "Latin Laboratory"

Across the Pacific Episode 3 Another Ocean

Episode 3 - "Another Ocean"



STATE CITY/MARKET STATION AIR TIME DAY OF WEEK 1 Airborne 2 Latin Laboratory 3 Another Ocean Notes
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. All 3 episodes
VA Richmond WCVE VPM Network 8:00-11:00 PM Sunday 6/14/20 6/14/20 6/14/20 All 3 episodes
NV Reno KNPB 11:00 AM Sunday 6/14/20 6/21/20 6/28/20  
WA Washington State Univ. KWSU 9:00 PM Tuesday 6/16/20 6/23/20 6/30/20  
FL South Florida PBS WXEL 10:00 PM Thursday 7/9/20 7/16/20 7/23/20  
CA San Francisco KQED 10:00 PM Wednesday 7/22/20 7/29/20 8/5/20  
HI Hawaii PBS Hawai’i 8:00-11:00 PM Saturday 7/25/20 7/25/20 7/25/20 All 3 episodes


Three 1-Hour Episodes - Read about them on the VPM PBS Blog

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 To Watch “Across the Pacific”

How To Get In Touch With Your Local PBS Station (PDF)

US Television Premiere:  May/June 2020

Streaming online at PBS: VPM PBS (Richmond Virginia Public Television) premiered “Across the Pacific” on three consecutive Thursdays -- May 21, May 28 and June 11, 2020. You can access the entire series at

In the US:

PBS stations will be able to broadcast the  "Across the Pacific" series via American Public TV: Look here for your local station and broadcast information:

You can also contact your local Public Television stations directly, and inquire when the series will be broadcast and streamed online. Read this helpful PDF: "Getting in Touch with your Local PBS Station".

Outside the US:

“Across the Pacific” will be distributed in locations outside the USA through TVF International. For more info go to


All 3 Episodes are now streaming on

You can purchase "Across the Pacific" in HD by Moreno/Lyons Productions via Amazon Prime Video at Also available on Apple iTunes: SD $1.99/episode or $4.99/season and HD $2.99/episode or $6.99/season. 

November 18th 2020 "Across the Pacific" will be available to stream, free for members of Amazon Prime.



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

 ATP original production images

1ATP Trippe producton shot