only official duty is clearing Customs. It is the first time a foreign
aircraft has arrived in Hawaii, so the formality is interesting. The
clearance is signed by Smithy and Mr Doyle, Collector of Customs.
Bedecked with leis, and overwhelmed with the good wishes of everybody
who has come to welcome us, we are escorted to cars which wait to
take us to Honolulu.
Lady Southern Cross is in the hands of the United States Army Air
Corps, among her own flesh and blood, and we leave her with confidence
in the way she will be looked after.
Taylor so describes their arrival at Wheeler Field, Hawaii on 29 October
1934 in his book Pacific Flight.
Tim Kalina Collection.