December 13, 1930: Pan Am Captain William E. Ormsbee, assisted by co-pilot/radio operator William Carey, landed PAA Sikorsky S-38 (NC8044) in Miami following 11 days of charter flying in support of the Central American Expedition of the University Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology). Recalling that December 13, 1930 flight home in his post-trip report, Percy C. Madeira, Jr. the expedition leader marveled at how airplanes were changing travel: “At 6 o’clock in the morning of the previous day,” he wrote, “we had broken our camp in the heart of the forest of north central Guatemala, and at six o’clock that night – 36 hours later – we were comfortably settled in the Columbus Hotel in Miami, Florida; a most extraordinary transition, possible only with a modern airplane as the magic carpet.” (The Museum Journal, June 1931)
Photo, from The Museum Journal: The Personnel and the Plane at Miami, Florida. Dr. J. A. Mason; William Carry, co-pilot; Frank E. Ormsbee, chief pilot; Percy C. Madeira Jr.; Gregory Mason.
Read more about this expedition in "The Eyes in the Sky" https://www.panam.org