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Transpacific Clippers in 1941 tossed all previous records into the discard by sending one ship to Honolulu with 5,406 passengers, another with 2 only, the latter weighing a total of two ounces. It was done, of course, with the assistance of the Air Express Department. Of the 5,406 only 6 were human passengers, the remainder, baby chicks traveling from a famous hatchery in Hayward, California to poultry raisers in Hawaii.

The record on the light side came when a unusually large mail load of 2,145 pounds was proffered by the Post Office on a day when weather conditions produced a long flight, necessitating a heavy fuel load. The China Clipper was the departing ship, and when fuel and mail had been accounted for, there was not weight space available for even one ordinary passenger. It was possible however, to accommodate two Queens, inasmuch as they tipped the scales at just an ounce apiece. The queen bees were consigned to the Philippine Honey Company at Manila.

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