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During the world’s fair, Pan American Airways’ Clipper Ship flying boats, the first scheduled service across the Pacific Ocean, took off toward Hawaii from Clipper Cove at the south end of Treasure Island.

The Clippers are remembered for their conquest of the Pacific. In 1935 the prospect of a “short” six-day flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong was thrilling and exotic, at least compared to the alternative: a three-week trip on an ocean liner. The Clippers island-hopped from San Francisco to Hong Kong, refueling along the way.

When construction on the island began, priority was given to three structures: a terminal building (now Building One) and two hangars. Unlike other World’s Fair buildings on the island, these three were built to last. Fittingly, they still stand on Treasure Island’s southern shore. They are the only significant original structures that remain, unchanged since 1939.

 
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