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China Clippers Martin M-130
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China Clippers Overview:
The China Clippers Martin M-130 entered commercial service in 1936 with the Boeing 314 following in 1939. Pan American Airlines christened them "Clippers." They departed San Francisco to destinations in Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Midway, and the Philippines. Later in 1939 the China Clippers Boeing 314 entered trans-Atlantic service flying from the United States east coast out of N.Y to destinations in France and Portugal.

China Clippers Development:
In 1931 Pan American Airways put out a request for large, luxurious trans-oceanic seaplanes.

In 1933 both Martin and Sikorsky had their proposals accepted by Pan American.

In July 1933, Pan Am selected the Martin M-130 for its China Clippers trans-Pacific service.

The new aircraft were designated "China Clippers," by Pan American Airways. They were named "China," "Hawaii," and "Philippines." The first commercial flights were made by the China Clipper and this was to become what the public perceived as all of these type airplanes.

In June of 1936, Pan Am requested even larger aircraft for their China Clippers. Although Martin did produce somewhat larger models in response to the request by Pan Am, Boeing produced much larger ones.

On July 21, 1936 Pan Am ordered six Boeing B-314 aircraft as China Clippers for US$4.8 million, with an option for six more.

In April of 1937 the China Clippers M-130 made the first scheduled flight to Hong Kong.

All three Martin M-130 China Clippers eventually ended their careers in crashes.

On June 7, 1938 the China Clippers Boeing 314 flew for the first time.

On October 1, 1939 Pan Am ordered six upgraded B-314A aircraft for their China Clippers.

In 1951 the last of the Boeing 314 China Clippers retired from service.

China Clippers Aviation Trivia:

December 6, 1935 - The first of the Martin M-130 China Clippers completed the first Pacific airmail flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong. It took off on Nov. 22nd.

Nov. 4, 1936 - The China Clippers Martin M-130 Hawaii landed in San Francisco after completing the first commercial scheduled service between the U.S. and the Philippines. It departed on Oct. 21st.

Feb. 23, 1939 - A China Clppers B-314 flew from San Francisco to Hong Kong for the first time.

In 1942 Pan Am China Clippers flew from the U.S. to Europe 1,219 times carrying over 1.5 million tons of cargo to support the Allied War effort.

Jan. 12, 1943 - A Pan American China Clippers B-314 transported United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Allies Conference at Casablanca, Morocco.

China Clippers Boeing 314 taking off.

China Clippers M-130 built by Dan Dewey.

Jack Bale Plans were available for a 98" wingspan Martin China Clippers airplane. Jack passed away a few years ago, and there are only a few copies of his RC Airplane plans still circulating. Jack's radio control airplanes plans can sometimes be found on eBay.

Bill Thorne of Oshawa On. Canada writes:
"You can find plans for the Martin 130 - China Clippers at the AMA site plans section www.model aircraft.org plans.aspx. The Martin M-130 is listed under "China Clippers."

Specs for the China Clippers M-130 are - 74 inch wingspan, 4 ch, 3 sheets, 4- .10 cu. inch engines, plan No. 00426 Price - $28.00 E listing."

Pictured above is the China Clippers M-130 scratch built by Dan Dewey. It has a wingspan of 156” and weighs about 30 lbs. Dan powers it with four Hacker A50-12 motors.

The first picture below is of a China Clippers Boeing 314 from Watt Flyer RC Forums. We do not have any information about the radio control airplane.

The second picture below is of the China Clippers Boeing 314 featured in Model Aviation Focal Point, May 2008 issue.  It was built by Tom Wolf from a three view drawing in a little over one year. We do not have any additional information about the rc airplane.

The bottom picture on this page is of the China Clipper Boeing 314 scratch built by David Plummer.  Its wingspan is 90".  David powers his China Clippers B 314 with four Astro 035 motors geared 2.4:1 turning 10 x 6 propellers.  All up weight is about 13 1/2 lbs.

Neons at RC Groups posted this web location for plans from a Comet kit of a Boeing 314: ualberta.ca/~khorne/solid/spotter/c-4.pdf.

Neons also told of some excellent Boeing 314 scale drawings at Seawings Co. UK.

If you have favorite China Clippers, please email us.

Boeing 314 China Clippers.

China Clippers Boeing 314 built by Tom Wolf.

China Clippers B-314 built by David Plummer.