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California's Gold: China Clipper

China Clipper

They were huge flying boats named after the great sailing ships that in the 1800's sailed the oceans of the world. The luxurious Pan American "Clipper" planes of the 1930's took cargo, mail and passengers around the world in what was, for its time, considered a daring and pioneering feat. Pan American's Treasure Island terminal and lagoon became the home port for the Clipper's Pacific operations -- connecting the United States with the Far East by air. Starting in the mid-1930s, and lasting for only five years, residents of the Bay Area were treated to the sights and sounds of these huge boat planes taking off and heading out over the Pacific.

Recently in a very special episode of "California's Gold," history repeated itself as, once again, a boat plane landed on the Bay, taxied up to a docking area near Treasure Island, took on passengers and flew out over the city. This episode is a tribute to the "China Clipper" and its California connection. The original Terminal building on Treasure Island is the stage where former Pan American pilots and crew members who actually flew the Clipper, gather once more for conversation and reminiscing. Producer/host, Huell Howser experiences his high point when he climbs aboard one of these historic boat planes with two former crew members for a short, exciting flight around the Bay area. The days of the Clipper are gone forever, replaced decades ago by long-range jets. But for a few hours on a beautiful spring afternoon, some of the glory days of the great Clipper ships, and the people who made those days happen, returned to Treasure Island. It's a look back at a glorious part of our aviation history as we take to the air in search of "California's Clipper Gold".

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Wellness

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Malibu Beach

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Subway Terminal Update

Huell revisits the Red Car Tunnels under Los Angeles and the tunnel entrance at Belmont Station.

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Gardena Art

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Castaic Brick

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Starr Ranch

Huell travels to Orange County to the Starr Ranch Sanctuary. He gets a special tour of the facility and takes a close look at their “Owl Cam”. Starr Ranch Sanctuary is a 4,000 acre preserve owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. It is located in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains in southeastern Orange County, California, approximately 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

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Crystal Cove

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Krispy Kream Donuts

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Roman Gann Update

  • 2018-10-22T12:00:00-07:00
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C & K (Greek Deli)

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Sikhs

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Iron Gardens

Meet Anna Jorgenson and her daughters in the small town of Idyllwild, where Anna’s husband created an entire garden from objects made of iron.

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Chp

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UCLA Film Archive

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San Bernardino Station

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Pastrami

Huell stops by Langer's Deli on Alvarado Street, which has been slicing up pastrami sandwiches since 1947. He then visits Johnnie's, a Culver City landmark since 1952 famous for its hot dogs, hamburgers, and of course, pastrami.

RELATED: Check out KCET Food's search for the best pastrami in Los Angeles.



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Persimmon Lady

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Tacos Claritas

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Warner Brothers

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Weed Show

Weeds are a real nuisance for most gardeners, but that's not the case for the members of the 29 Palms Historical Society. Huell visits the 29 Palms' annual Weed Show and gets a close-up look at some very special "weeds."

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Nypd Blue

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Bad Art

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Fountains of Los Angeles



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Spring Burn

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Dry Dock

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Wind

Some people like it -- to others, it's a nuisance. Something "to come in out of." But like it or not, everyone would agree it's been a part of the history of California since the very beginning. We're talking about wind. And on this particular adventure, host Huell Howser goes in search of some of the most historic and strongest wind around.

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Er

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Van De Kamps

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Boat Builders

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Music Store

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Man Mi Bakery

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Russian Ballet

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Pop Up Books

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Beach Artist

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Shrine

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Diving School

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