1937: Auckland welcomes aviator Edwin Musick

On 30 March 1937, Captain Edwin C Musick piloted the Pan American Airways flying boat Atlantic Clipper into Auckland, surveying a new route for the airline.

Weekly News (Auckland), 7 Apr 1937, pp 46-48

"Just after she made a beautiful landing on the Waitemata Harbour: The Clipper moving along in a smother of foam."

“Just after she made a beautiful landing on the Waitemata Harbour: The Clipper moving along in a smother of foam.” Photo: Weekly News, 7 April 1937

Coming into her moorings: The Clipper as she appears to those on many of the launches and yachts on the harbour. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is in the distance.

“Coming into her moorings: The Clipper as she appeared to those on many of the launches and yachts on the harbour. The Auckland War Memorial Museum is in the distance.” Photo: Weekly News, 7 April 1937

The commander of the Clipper, Captain EC Musick, being cheered at the waterfront reception

The commander of the Clipper, Captain EC Musick, being cheered at the waterfront reception. Photo: Weekly News, 7 April 1937

The reception to Captain Musick and his men: A view of the official dais during the speech by Mr CG Macindoe, chairman of the Auckland Harbour Board

“The reception to Captain Musick and his men: A view of the official dais during the speech by Mr CG Macindoe, chairman of the Auckland Harbour Board.” Photo: Weekly News, 7 April 1937. Click to enlarge.

The commander of the Clipper, Captain EC Musick, replying to the speeches of welcome

The commander of the Clipper, Captain EC Musick, replying to the speeches of welcome. Photo: Weekly News, 7 April 1937

Auckland’s highlight of the week: The huge American flying-boat makes a perfect landing on the Waitemata Harbour

The Clipper left Pago Pago on Tuesday at 5:03 a.m. (New Zealand time) and as radio messages were sent at frequent intervals from the machine to Auckland, the time of her arrival was known to within a few minutes.

After circling once over the city, the Clipper made a perfect landing at 4:55 p.m., having flown the 1850 miles in 11 hours, 52 minutes.

The day's responsibilities over, Mr H Gatty (left), the company's representative in New Zealand, with Captain Musick.

“The day’s responsibilities over, Mr H Gatty (left), the company’s representative in New Zealand, with Captain Musick.” Photo: Weekly News, 7 April 1937

The crew of the Clipper photographed at San Francisco just before the machine took off. From left: Mssrs Parker, mechanic; WM Holsenbeck, mechanic; R Runnells, wireless operator; V Wright, engineer; H Canaday, navigator; R Briggs, first officer; Captain Edwin C Musick, commander.

“The crew of the Clipper photographed at San Francisco just before the machine took off. From left: Mssrs Parker, mechanic; WM Holsenbeck, mechanic; R Runnells, wireless operator; V Wright, engineer; H Canaday, navigator; R Briggs, first officer; Captain Edwin C Musick, commander.” Photo: Weekly News, 7 April 1937. Click to enlarge.

Getting their first glimpse of the flying-boat: A snapshot at the landing place

“Getting their first glimpse of the flying-boat: A snapshot at the landing place.” Photo: Weekly News, 7 April 1937

Refueling and checking on Wednesday, when there was a constant stream of people to see the machine

“Refueling and checking on Wednesday, when there was a constant stream of people to see the machine.” Photo: Weekly News, 7 April 1937

Photos: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries