Across the Pacific

Across the Pacific

Sun, 07/24/2022 - 1:00pm - Sun, 08/07/2022 - 2:00pm

Captain Edwin Musick and First Officer R.O.D. Sullivan stand next to the China Clipper

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A documentary series about the early years of Pan Am.

Across the Pacific, a three-hour documentary series about the early years of Pan Am, airs on WXXI-TV Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Featuring aviation pioneers Juan Trippe, Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorsky and more, the series chronicles the remarkable series of events leading to Pan Am’s historic 1935 crossing of the Pacific Ocean in a flying boat called the China Clipper.

Funded in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Across the Pacific features dramatic re-enactments with a cast of 40+ actors; sets designed by three-time Emmy winner Katha Seidman; lively interviews with biographers, scholars and family members, and films and photographs drawn from the rich repository of images about Pan Am and the early years of commercial aviation.

The series focuses on four major characters – Trippe, Lindbergh and Sikorsky, plus a little-known engineer named Hugo Leuteritz, who harnessed the radio to develop the navigational techniques that would guide Pan Am’s planes safely to their destinations. We meet these four men as they separately struggle to find a place in post-World War I aviation, then join forces to build an airline that would conquer all of South America and cross the oceans.