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There’s no denying the allure of Cuba; long before Ernest Hemingway, travelers made their way to the Caribbean island for fun and exploration. Before Havana became frozen in time — and during the height of Prohibition — tourism was booming.

In 1927, Pan American Airways made its first trip to Cuba from Key West, delivering mail no less, and soon began regular service for passengers. In this throwback photo from 1927, we see a Pan Am Ford Trimotor plane — one of 199 that were made — readied for a trip to Havana from Miami. The Tin Goose, as it was nicknamed, could carry up to 10 passengers at a time, and sadly only a few remain today.

Passengers boarding a Pan American Airways Ford Trimotor plane for a trip to Havana, Cuba, Miami, Florida, 1927. It was a palatial liner that also served light lunches while on board. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

Image by Underwood Archives/Getty Images.

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