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The coming of the air age to Belize
These two photos illustrate the coming of the air age to Belize. After Lindbergh's goodwill visit in 1927, he returned in February of 1929 on a flight commissioned by Pan American Airways to open up routes for air service to Central America. Flying a Sikorsky S36 amphibian, he stopped first in Cuba and then flew on to Belize. The following year saw PanAm inaugurate regular service to Belize, flying S38 amphibians from a base in Merida.

In the first photo, a PanAm amphibian is taxiing through the water to a dock built at the Barracks for loading and unloading passengers and mail from the aircraft. The pier had a floating platform at the end so it could rise and fall with the tide.

In the second photo, taken in 1930, one of PanAm's planes is making its approach to a water landing off the Barracks. It is framed by the twin towers of the old wireless station, which were destroyed by the 1931 hurricane.

Photographs by Neal Fraser              
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