Last of its Kind

A look inside the Smithsonian’s Stratoliner.

(Dane Penland, NASM)


(Eric Long, NASM)

With a cabin width of nearly 12 feet, the Stratoliner’s cockpit had room for a flight crew of five: pilot, copilot, flight engineer, radio operator, and navigator. The overhead window between the pilot and copilot seats is an escape hatch. The seats are covered in Scottish leather, making the Clipper Flying Cloud look just as it did when Pan American took delivery of the airplane in 1940.

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