Seaplane History

Treasure Island Airport

In 1935, San Francisco decided that it should hold a exposition to celebrate the engineering of the Golden Gate Bridge & the San Francisco & Oakland Bay Bridge, as well as to celebrate the ascendancy of California & San Francisco as an economic, political & cultural force in the increasingly important Pacific region. This would eventually become the 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition. The site would also become San Francisco's new municipal airport following the Exposition.

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China Clipper

Seventy-five years ago, a silvery four-engined seaplane took off from Alameda and headed west across San Francisco Bay and out to sea for a flight into history.

It was the famous China Clipper, bound for a 59-hour flight to Manila.

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