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Background: The Post Office Department designated any contract air mail route flown by an airline into/from a foreign country into/from the US as a "Foreign Air Mail" route. The Foreign Air Mail routes became known as FAM's.

FAM-15: FAM-15 was awarded to Pacific Alaska Airways.
        In the early planning for trans-Pacific routes it was thought that the only way to cross the Pacific was to island hop through the Aleutians understanding that aircraft lacked the necessary range. Pan American Airways floated Pacific Alaska Airways on June 11, 1932 as a subsidiary company. They did this by amalgamating two airlines, Alaskan Airways (developed by the Aviation Corporation of America) and Pacific International Airlines (a private corporation). Initially Pan Am had hoped to be able to serve Europe by flying across Russia but the Russians withheld their approval.
        On April 3, 1935 Pacific Alaska Airways flew its first survey flight from Juneau to Fairbanks AK. FAM-15 was awarded to PAA and on May 3, 1938 flying a Lochkeed-10 Electra piloted by SE Robbins, it inaugurated scheduled flight service from Juneau to Fairbanks via Whitehorse AK. On June 20, 1940 this route was combined with FAM-20.

Lockheed-10 Electra

F15-1a 380503 Juneau AK-Whitehorse AK PAA SE Robbins $4.50
F15-1 380503 Juneau AK-Fairbanks AK PAA SE Robbins $4.50
F15-2 380503 Whitehorse AK-Fairbanks AK PAA SE Robbins $4.50
F15-4a 380508 Fairbanks AK-Whitehorse AK PAA WJ Jones $4.50
F15-4 380508 Fairbanks AK-Juneau AK PAA WJ Jones $4.50
F15-3 380508 Whitehorse AK-Juneau AK PAA WJ Jones $4.50

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