Flying the B-314, Showering in Bolama, Portuguese Guinea
Pan Am's facilities were relatively primitive in Bolama. It was so hot and humid that the first priority was a shower. The shuttle launch could only carry a few people. One time a rain shower occurred while we were waiting at anchor. We took our bags, removed our civilian clothes, towel and soap. Then out on top of the wing for our shower. Then inside to dry off and put on our shorts. When we arrived on shore, our passengers were amazed. They were still in line for their showers. More frequently however were the occasions when the cockpit got visitors without advance notice. The B314 was so hot that the crew took off their uniforms and performed their preflight checks in underwear. On hearing visitors coming up the stairway from the passenger deck, the only place for the crew to go was the crawl way in the wing. It was even hotter here. There was a small window in the entry door to watch our visitors to finally resume their duties. There are rumors that this was also done during flight with the B314 on autopilot. I rather doubt this story because Pan AM would have fired the whole crew.