One in this series of informative patriotic dramas about aviation featuring Orson Welles and sponsored by the makers of Lockheed and Vega aircraft. This episode is a salute to Pan American Airlines. Welles, trying to define an "important" voyage, describes a routine China Clipper flight, reminding listeners that years of hard work made scheduled passenger flights possible, and tells about a Pacific Clipper flight that was forced to make a detour around the world when it encountered Japanese planes on its flight path. Discussing both these two flights and the Japanese attack on Wake Island with members of a Pan Am Clipper crew, Welles formulates a definition that takes into account those who work behind the scenes in preparation for a voyage as well as what a voyage "adds to the dignity of man." In closing, an announcer explains the importance, particularly in wartime, of Pan Am's innovations and leadership in air transportation.


  • DATE: December 28, 1942 Monday 7:15 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:15:00
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  • CATALOG ID: R88:0198
  • GENRE: Radio - Drama
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Aviation - 1936
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - Radio series, 1942-1944
  • COMMERCIALS: Radio - Commercials - Pan American Airlines^Radio - Commercials - Lockheed^Radio - Commercials - Vega aircraft


    • Orson Welles … Host, Narrator