most singular and glamorous of all the Martin
designs were the first true intercontinental
airliners, the three "China Clipper" flying
fated in the air as on the balance sheet,
all three Martin clippers were eventually
involved in fatal crashes. In July 1938,
the Hawaii Clipper simply disappeared on
her scheduled flight between Guam and Manila.
The Philippine Clipper managed to survive
the Japanese attack on Wake Island just
after Pearl Harbor, but in 1943 she hit
a mountainside coming in to San Francisco.
Appropriately, the China Clipper survived
longest. A botched landing
off Trinidad in 1945 destroyed the final
Model 130, after she had flown more than
three million miles.