1937: Samoan Clipper’s Auckland stopover

On their first survey flight to New Zealand, arriving 30 March 1937, Captain Edwin Musick and his six officers aboard Samoan Clipper spent five days in Auckland. They departed in the early hours of Sunday 4 April, one day later than scheduled due to unfavourable winds.

Pan American Airways staff discussing further flights of the Clipper after arrival at Auckland

Pan American Airways staff discussing further flights of the Clipper after arrival at Auckland. L-R: HR Canaday, navigator; WM Holsenbeck, mechanic; A Francis, meteorologist and operations manager at Auckland; Captain Edwin Musick, commander of the Clipper. Evening Post, 2 Apr 1937. Alexander Turnbull Library

Samoan Clipper taking off from Auckland on a sightseeing flight, 2 Apr 1937

Samoan Clipper taking off from Auckland on a sightseeing flight, 2 Apr 1937. ‘Weather caused the proposed flight to Wellington to be cancelled, but a number of guests were taken on a four-hour trip as far south as Napier and Hastings.’ Weekly News, 7 Apr 1937. George Grey Special Collection, Auckland Library