The M-130 was a commercial flying boat designed and built in 1935 by the Glenn L. Martin Company for Pan Am Airlines. The M-130 was an all-metal flying boat which employed streamlined aerodynamics and powerful engines. Only three M-130s were built: the China Clipper, the Philippine Clipper and the Hawaii Clipper; but to the public they were all referred to as the China Clipper. The China Clipper name evolved into a generic term for Pan Am's entire fleet of large flying boats - the Martin M-130, Sikorsky S-42, and Boeing 314.This specific model is painted in the Pan Am paint scheme. Pan American World Airways was founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Key West FL and Havana, Cuba. The airline has become a major company credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry, including the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and computerized reservation systems.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!