Edwin Charles Musick was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1894.
After joining Pan American Airways in 1927, Captain Musick later became the chief pilot in Pan American’s Caribbean Division. He pioneered most of the commercial air routes over both the Atlantic and Pacific for the line and made the first trans-Pacific flight of a transport craft from Alameda to Honolulu on April 17, 1935. He received international recognition as the pilot of the China Clipper, the world’s first scheduled ocean air service, which linked America, Hawaii, the Philippines, and the Orient. This clipper carried the first trans-Pacific airmail.
The holder of eleven world records for flying, recognized as “the world’s outstanding aviator,” Musick died with his crew on a survey flight of the Samoan Clipper in the South Pacific in 1938.