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In this episode we are joined by Barbara Morris Wood and Karen Wallin Usas. Barbara will be celebrating her 100th birthday on September 13, 2022! A very special early happy birthday greeting from all of us here at the Pan Am Museum! Barbara worked for Pan Am for five years between 1944 and 1949. Her time at Pan Am, while short, was nothing short of exceptional as she pioneered a path for women to move up the ranks of the airline. She became the first woman to work the ticket counter and Barbara’s can-do spirit never waned. After recognizing other inequalities, she acted on them, bringing benefits to the airline industry many still enjoy today. If you ever worked for an airline and enjoyed flight benefits, you have Barbara to thank! While at Pan Am, Barbara thought it was unfair that only company executives and flight crews had travel benefits with the airline. She wrote a convincing letter to management and advocated that all Pan Am employees regardless of position, including ticket counter, catering, and maintenance employees, should have all the same rights and flying benefits as everyone else. The airline quickly agreed and expanded company travel benefits to all employees. This also set the employee flight benefit expectation in the aviation industry and other airlines followed Pan Am’s lead.During the end of World War II, Barbara was tasked with interviewing men returning from the war for jobs within the airline. In this capacity, Barbara would meet and hire her future husband, Ernie Wood, – remarking that he was not like the rest of the interviewees – and even called him weird. Nonetheless, the spark of romance and adventure was in the air and the two started dating a little bit afterward. At their wedding in Damascus, Syria, Barbara and Ernie would be surrounded by Pan Am employees in a faraway land, truly a reflection on the rest of their lives. As a young woman starting out with Pan Am, never having left New England before, the company was the catalyst that would change her life forever. With Pan Am she met life-long friends, and her husband who went on to work for the company for 31 years after Barbara hired him. Karen Wallin Usas joined Pan Am as a flight attendant in 1970. She originally went to school to be a teacher, but a chance encounter with a flight attendant at a wedding intrigued her to apply to Pan Am and change direction in her career plans. Karen grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, a Chicago suburb and  graduated from University of Illinois, Urbana in 1969 with a degree in Education. As a young airline employee, the world was within her reach and Karen was able to travel to many exotic places that before she could only read and dream about. For ten years between 1970 and 1980, Karen always felt comfortable in foreign lands with Pan Am and the excitement of adventure from those times has never waned. And when she looks back on the fond memories of her flying days…traveling the world with co-workers and her husband…it always brings a big smile and a deep sense of pride.After Pan Am, she taught in many capacities and currently serves as a docent at the Rhode Island School of Design.Barbara and Karen both live in Rhode Island and are neighbors and have become close friends. --------------------A very special thanks to Mr. Adam Aron, Chairman and CEO of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., and  Pan Am Brands for their continued and unwavering support! 
In this episode we are joined by Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. to talk about his interesting background. He will also provide tips on protecting your identity and wallet and how to avoid scams. The 2002 academy award-nominated film by Steven Spielberg, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks was loosely based on Frank’s life. This blockbuster film introduced a whole new generation to the wonder, glamour, and nostalgia of Pan American World Airways. Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. is an authority on forgery, embezzlement, secure documents, cybercrime, and scams. For over 45 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations, and government agencies around the world.Mr. Abagnale lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a former faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft, Stealing Your Life and his most recent book, Scam Me If You Can – Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists.Mr. Abagnale refuses to accept payment for any of his government work. Today, the majority of his income is derived from consulting with major corporate clients such as LexisNexis, Intuit, and Experian and his public speaking engagements. Mr. Abagnale has conducted over 3,000 seminars on identity theft, cybercrime, and fraud worldwide.  Today, Mr. Abagnale is an advisor to Trusona in developing the world's first and only insured authentication platform eliminating the use of passwords.The Pan Am Museum Foundation was  honored to have him as the keynote speaker at the Pan Am Museum’s 2018 annual fundraising gala. For more information on how you can protect yourself from scams and con artists, please visit his website, www.abagnale.comVisit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! --------------------Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds from purchases and donations go to supporting the museum's mission.--------------------A very special thanks to Mr. Adam Aron, Chairman and CEO of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., and  Pan Am Brands for their continued and unwavering support! 
In this episode Barbara Sharfstein, 92, a veteran Pan Am flight attendant, joins us to talk about her flying career, tragedy over the Amazon, and a concert in the sky with Louis Armstrong. Barbara joined Pan Am in 1951 and after 35 years of service with the airline as a flight attendant, purser, check purser, and 747 in-flight director, she was transferred to United Airlines in 1986 when the Pacific Division was sold.  She then worked for United for another six years before retiring in 1992. When first hired, Barbara traveled onboard several groundbreaking and innovative aircraft—the Convair CV-240, the Lockheed Constellation, the DC-4, and most memorably, the Boeing 377 “Stratocruiser.” Barbara flew to numerous international destinations and was based in many of Pan Am’s divisions throughout out her career, but she most fondly remembers working the fabled Round the World flights…Clipper 001 and 002.Barbara will discuss  Pan Am Flight 202, a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser named Clipper New Hope, that crashed in the Amazon Basin on April 29, 1952 killing her good friend and roommate, Pat Monaghan. All 50 people on board were killed, 41 passengers and 9 crew members, in what was the deadliest-ever accident involving the Boeing 377 Stratocrusier.The accident happened shortly after departure from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, enroute to the first schedule stop in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The final destination of this flight was New York. The investigation took place under exceptionally difficult conditions in the jungle, and the exact cause of the crash was never established. However, it was theorized based on an examination of the wreckage that the number two engine had separated in flight after propeller blade failure and debris likely penetrated the fuselage causing a catastrophic in-flight breakup.Barbara's story is featured in the book tilted “Pan American World Airways: Aviation History Through the Words of Its People” by James Patrick Baldwin, Jeff Kriendler, and Leslie Giles. During her aviation career flying around the world working for the airlines, Barbara also found great success in San Francisco real estate when she was not on duty in the air. Her crowning achievement was the development of a one-acre parcel of land in the Twin Peaks neighborhood of San Francisco into a subdivision of twenty condos. Many say it has one of the best views of the city! Today, Barbara volunteers at the San Francisco International Airport Aviation Museum. As a volunteer, she enjoys sharing her stories and lending her time ever since the international terminal was rebuilt in 2000. Additionally, she served as the editor of the World Wings International San Francisco Chapter newsletter, having excelled in that position for the past twenty-five years.Barbara  resides in San Francisco.--------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, 
In this special episode we are joined by Max Gurney, who will celebrate his 101st birthday on June 10, 2022! The Pan Am Museum and the entire worldwide Pan Am community wish him the happiest of birthdays! Max is a 45-year veteran of Pan Am and a living legend within the airline community. He is also the godfather to His Serine Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco. Max was kind enough to invite host Tom Betti into his home for a chat.He tells us about his childhood, serving in the U.S. Army under General Patton during World War II, and then beginning his storied career at Pan Am after the war. Max Gurney joined Pan American Airways in 1946 as a ticket counter agent at the Marine Terminal at La Guardia Airport, located in Flushing, New York. Because of his ability to speak four languages, he was quickly promoted to Sales Manager in Dakar, Senegal with jurisdiction over five countries in West Africa.In 1949, Max opened the Pan Am office in Milan, and was reassigned shortly after in 1950 to Beirut as Sales Manager on loan to Middle East Airlines (MEA), as part of a management contract with Pan Am. He was responsible for airline operations in six Middle East countries including Saudi Arabia.In 1951, he was appointed Assistant District Sales Manager in Rome, Italy covering six countries, and then transitioned in 1957 to Senior Representative and District Sales Manager for Southern France based in Nice where he formed a very close personal friendship with Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and his wife, Princess Grace, the former American actress Grace Kelly. Their friendship grew so close that when their son Prince Albert was born, the Prince and Princess asked Max to be the child’s godfather.In 1972, Max was transferred to Nassau as Managing Director for the Bahamas, including the Freeport and Rock Sound stations, until the Bahamas offices were closed in 1976. He subsequently became District Traffic and Sales Manager in Oslo, Norway until 1980, and then once again returned to Monaco as Pan Am Sales Manager. This was because of his close personal friendship with Prince Rainier and Princess Grace.He held this position until the closure of Pan Am in 1991 and assisted with the transition to Pan Am’s successor in the market.--------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube!The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. --------------------A very special thanks to Mr. Adam Aron, CEO of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., and  Pan Am Brands for their continued and unwavering support! 
In this episode we will be exploring Pan Am’s prestigious role in White House Press Charters travelling as part of the entourage of the President of United States and his aircraft, Air Force One.  Then we are joined by three special guests. Our first guest is Dwight Chapin who was a top aide to President Richard M. Nixon. He recently released a book called The President’s Man: The Memoirs of Nixon’s Trusted Aide. While at the White House, Mr. Chapin helped organize presidential travel and traveled with President Nixon on his historic trips to China and the Soviet Union. To learn more about Dwight Chapin and to purchase his book, visit: https://www.thepresidentsman.comA special thank you to Jim Bryon and Joe Lopez of the Richard Nixon Foundation for connecting us with Mr. Chapin. We encourage you to visit the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. The 1970 hijackings and President Nixon's robust airport security program are mentioned in the interview. For more information, listen to "Episode 6: Hijackings and the Dawn of Global Terrorism."Our second guest is Claire Graham who joined Pan Am in 1967 as a flight attendant and was a purser from 1968 to 1991 when she joined Delta Airlines. Claire was part of the White House Press Charter flight crew and flew most of the special trips from 1974 to 1991.And last but not least, Captain John Marshall returns to the program to tell us his stories of flying press charters for the White House and flying alongside Air Force One. Captain Marshall is featured in:"Episode 2: The First Presidential Flight and the Last Pan Am Flight""Episode 11: The Legacy Endures 30 Years After Closing, A Conversation with Ed Trippe""Episode 15: Pan Am International Flight Academy and Stories From the Flight Deck"You can visit and tour the two VC-137Cs (Boeing 707) that served as Air Force One at:National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio: https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil This plane, SAM-26000, took President Kennedy to Dallas, Texas in 1963 and President Nixon to China in 1972.Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California: https://www.reaganlibrary.gov (SAM-27000)--------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube!
In this 20th episode, we are joined by Mary Lou Bigelow, a former TWA air hostess from 1959–1962 and a Pan Am stewardess/purser from 1962-1964. She discusses working for the two airlines and what it was like to live in Afghanistan.In 1964, Mary Lou married a pilot, whom she met in Beirut, Lebanon while working a 14-day NYC-HKG pattern. Pan Am still had a policy that female flight attendants hang up their wings once they married, but she continued working for Pan Am in reservations and later as a ticket sales agent at the Miami, Florida downtown office. From 1968 through 1972, Captain John Bigelow and Mary Lou lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, where John was the chief training pilot on a Pan Am Technical Assistance Program (TAP) with Ariana Afghan Airlines. This was a peaceful period in Afghan history under King Mohammed Zahir Shah until the 1973 Afghan coup d'état led by Army General and Prince Mohammed Daoud Khan, a year after the Bigelow's moved back to the United States. From 1974 to late 1975, the Bigelows lived in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), while Captain Bigelow served as Director of Operations for Air Zaire under Pan Am’s TAP program there.She returned to Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004 as part of her television program.Currently, Mary Lou is president of the Boston Chapter of World Wings International.Mary Lou is a successful real estate agent in the Boston area with Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.  For more information and to see her blog and cable TV interview shows - Mary Lou Bigelow Show, The Global Connection and Afghanistan Series, visit maryloubigelow.com/tv.--------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube!The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. If you liked the show,  please consider becoming a museum member.--------------------A very special thanks to Mr. Adam Aron, CEO of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., and  Pan Am Brands for their continued and unwavering support! 
Episode 19: Concorde

Episode 19: Concorde

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In this episode we explore the fascinating history of Concorde from British Airways. This episode is a direct follow up to “Episode 7: Supersonic Transports, An Angry JFK, and Flying the Line.” In that episode we explored the race for the first passenger supersonic aircraft between a British and French partnership, the United States, and the Soviet Union. Then we are joined by Captain Mike Bannister, the chief pilot of British Airways' Concorde fleet from 1995 to 2003. Along with Jennifer Coutts Clay, Pan Am’s general manager for product design and development and before that worked on the Concorde project for British Airways. She is the author of the e-book, Jetliner Cabins available on Apple, Amazon, and Google. And John Lampl, a 41-year veteran executive of British Airways who worked for the Concorde program the entire 27 years of passenger service.On May 5, 1974, CBS 60 Minutes did an incredible report on the Concorde, here is the link to view: https://youtu.be/TQSO9mNgZcwHere's a select list of museums where you can see Concorde:Brooklands Museum,  Weybridge, England UK Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum,  New York City, NY USAAeropace Bristol,  Bristol, England UKThe Museum of Flight,  Seattle, WA USASmithsonian National Air & Space Museum,  Washington, D.C. USA --------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. --------------------A very special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued, and unwavering, support! --------------------If you liked the show,  please consider becoming a museum member. 
In this episode we explore the history of Pan Am in the Movies! Then we will be joined by two guests to talk about Hollywood and Pan Am! Mark Carlson is our first guest. He is the author of the book, Flying on Film: A Century of Aviation in the Movies, 1912 to 2012. Legally blind, Mark also wrote the award winning book, Confessions of a Guide Dog - The Blonde Leading the Blind, about his first Guide Dog, Musket.  And the second interview… From a Pan Am flight attendant to a Hollywood actor…Phillip Keene shares his story of working for the airline, hanging up his wings, loss and love, and stepping in front of the camera. He is best known for playing Buzz Watson on the TNT original TV series The Closer and its spinoff Major Crimes.  Both are available on DVD and on streaming services. --------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. --------------------A very special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued, and unwavering, support! --------------------If you liked the show,  please consider becoming a museum member.--------------------The four movie themes are under thirty seconds in compliance with fair use copyright. Music Credits:The James Bond Theme,  Monty Norman & John BarryTheme from Indiana Jones, John WilliamsTheme from Blade Runner, VangelisTheme from 2001: A Space Odyssey,  Richard Strauss 
We dedicate this episode to all the 583 victims of this tragedy.  They are remembered. To the family and friends of the victims...our sincerest condolences. Special Guest: Dorothy Kelly, a Pan Am Flight Attendant who survived the accident, tells her harrowing and heroic story of survival and helping those in need.  On March 27, 1977 at 5:06 PM local time on the island of Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands off the Moroccan Coast…a KLM 747 attempted to take off without clearance and collided with a Pan Am  747 which was taxiing on the same runway at the direction of air traffic control. A total of 583 people were killed in the accident making it the worst disaster in aviation history to date.We remember our Pan Am family members who lost their lives in the line of duty that terrible day:Francoise Colbert de Beaulieu GreenbaumMari AsaiSachiko HiranoChristine EkelundMiguel Torrech PereMarilyn LukerCarol ThomasAysel Sarp BuckLuisa Garcia FloodPlease visit the International Tenerife Memorial page for more information: https://www.tenerife-memorial.org/en/.  
In this episode we explore the founding of Pan Am and the early years of the airline.Juan T. Trippe is widely known as the principle founder of Pan Am and rightly so. However, the early history of Pan Am is very complex and at times quite confusing with multiple people and mergers involved. Then we are joined by George Hambleton, whose father John Hambleton was a co-founder of Pan Am and close friend and business partner of both Juan Trippe and Charles Lindbergh.  Like his father, George also worked for Pan Am, having been sent on special assignment by Juan Trippe to Moscow at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s. George talks about his celebrated father and share stories about his time working behind the iron curtain. Recently, the Pan Am Museum opened a new exhibit called the Pioneer’s Wall dedicated to those passionate visionaries who were instrumental in building the strong foundations of the airline that would become Pan American World Airways. Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! --------------------Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds from purchases and donations go to supporting the museum's mission:           "To educate, celebrate, and inspire present, and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways."--------------------A very special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued, and unwavering, support! --------------------If you liked the show,  please consider becoming a museum member.
In this episode we  explore the only division of Pan Am American World Airways that survived bankruptcy liquidation and emerged as an independent company called the Pan Am International Flight Academy headquartered in Miami, Florida. Then we welcome back Pan Am Captains Paul LaCheppelle and John Marshall. Captain Lachapelle is featured in Episode 6:  Hijackings and the Dawn of Global Terrorism. Captain Marshall is featured in Episode 2: The First Presidential Flight and the Last Pan Am Flight. If you haven’t heard these episodes, we encourage you to take a listen after you finish this installment. Both captains will share their boyhood dreams of becoming a pilot…and other stories from the flight deck. --------------------More about the Pan Am International Flight Academy:The Pan Am Flight Academy is the leading provider of training support for regional, national, and international airlines and aviation professionals. Pan Am Flight Academy is the only surviving division of original Pan American World Airways and can trace its instruction heritage to the earliest days of airline flight training. The Academy’s story began in the early 1960s as an airline, Pan American World Airways. In 1980, the airline opened its pilot training facility in Miami, Florida and is still its base of operations today. Presently, Pan Am has more years of airline training experience than any other aviation training school in the world.The Pan Am Flight Academy provides a professional training experience at the best price with a corporate commitment to meet private and commercial customer objectives.---------------------------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! --------------------Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds from purchases and donations go to supporting the museum's mission:           "To educate, celebrate, and inspire present, and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways."--------------------A very special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued, and unwavering, support! --------------------If you liked the show,  please consider becoming a museum member.
In this episode we will be exploring another innovation of the early 1960s, Pan Am’s worldwide reservation and communications system called Panamac. Then we are joined by Julia Cooke, the author of the best-selling book Come Fly the World which was recently nominated for the Goodreads Best Books 2021 Choice Awards. To purchase this book and support the museum, click here.--------------------More about Panamac:Check out this 1962 Pan Am film titled "Across the World in 3 Seconds" showing communications in the "modern" world, and includes a behind-the-scenes look at Pan Am's complex, computer-based reservation and logistical systems. It presents a fast - moving history of communications from cave drawings to the jet age of electronic computers.---------------------------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! --------------------Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds from purchases and donations go to supporting the museum's mission:           "To educate, celebrate, and inspire present, and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways."--------------------A very special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued, and unwavering, support! --------------------If you liked the show,  please consider becoming a museum member.
Welcome to a special TWA Edition of The Pan Am Podcast!In this episode we are joined by Pam Blaschum, the director of the TWA Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Then we are joined by Tyler Morse  of MCR Hotels who developed the former TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport in New York City into today’s TWA Hotel. It is important to point out that Pan Am history is not complete without TWA and TWA history is not complete without Pan Am. These two airlines were pioneers for most of the 20th Century and each achieved many firsts in aviation history. Not only did they lead the way in commercial aviation, but developed many of the systems, procedures, technology, and culture that are still evident today.The imprint that these two companies left on history cannot be ignored. --------------------TWA Museum, TWA Hotel, and Eero Saarinen:Located in the 1931 TWA Corporate Headquarters building, the TWA Museum is located in Kansas City, Missouri. Plan you visit today!Located in the iconic 1962 TWA Flight Center, designed by Eero Saarinen, at JFK International Airport in New York City, the TWA Hotel has become a nostalgic destination. The Paris Café by Jean-Georges serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Book your room and make your reservation today!Check out the PBS American Masters documentary on the famous architect of the TWA Flight Center (now the TWA Hotel): Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future.---------------------------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar online store for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! --------------------Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds from purchases and donations go to supporting our mission of:           "educating, celebrating, and inspiring present, and future, generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways."--------------------A very special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued, and unwavering, support! --------------------If you liked the show, please subscribe and leave a review, this allows others to find us. Additionally, please consider becoming a museum member, or making a donation, so we can continue creating content like The Pan Am Podcast. 
We dedicate this episode to all the 270 victims of this tragedy.  They are remembered. To the family and friends of the victims...our sincerest condolences. Special Guests: John Reina, brother of victim Jocelyn Reina, with Pan Am veterans Linda Freire and Myron “Rosie” Rosenstein.Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial (Lockerbie Memorial Carin) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA Garden of RemembranceDryfesdale Cemetery, Lockerbie, Scotland, UKSyracuse University RemembranceSyracuse, New York, USA30+ Years of 103 Memorials*Pan Am Historical FoundationThe Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103: 30 Years Later Still Actively Seeking Justice*Federal Bureau of Investigation, USADecember 14, 2018Remembering the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Memorial Service Marks 30th Anniversary of Terrorist AttackFederal Bureau of Investigation, USADecember 21, 2018*May contain images of the cockpit that is most distressing to families of the victims. 
In this episode we commemorate the sad 30th Anniversary of Pan American World Airways ceasing operations on December 4, 1991. To mark this special milestone, we are joined by Ed Trippe, the youngest son of Pan Am’s legendary founder Juan Trippe and his wife Betty Stettinius Trippe. Ed is the founder and chairman of our sister organization, the Pan Am Historical Foundation. In December of 1991, shortly after the company his father founded ceased operations, Ed worked tirelessly to preserve the company’s historical documents, artifacts, and archives. He was instrumental in finding a permanent depository at the  University of Miami’s Richter Library for the vast treasure trove of Pan Am history to be preserved for future generations of researchers. This collection is one of the most complete corporate archives of a bankrupt company. Here is the video mentioned in this episode by John F. Clarke (additional video from Jerry Labrusciano) of the departure ceremony of Pan Am’s last (and first) 747-100 N747PA, Clipper Juan T. Trippe, as it departs for the final time from JFK. --------------------Buy the Must-See Pan Am Documentary Film Across the Pacific :This three part series may be purchased on a single DVD for $20, plus shipping, from the Pan Am Museum's online store.Across the Pacific is also available for digital purchase on Apple iTunes and Amazon.---------------------------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! --------------------Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds from purchases and donations go to supporting our mission of:           "educating, celebrating, and inspiring present, and future, generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways."--------------------A very special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued, and unwavering, support! --------------------If you liked the show,  please consider becoming a museum member.
In this episode, we explore the history of the Pan Am Building in New York City. This 59-story skyscraper is located at 200 Park Avenue and shares a lot with the beaux-arts icon, and National Landmark, New York’s Grand Central Terminal.Later in the program we are joined by Richard Roth, Jr., the grandson of Emery Roth, a prolific New York City architect who designed many notable buildings in the 1920s and 1930s. Richard provides a firsthand account on the design and construction process of the Pan Am Building as he had a front row seat. After graduating college, the young architect joined the family firm and worked closely alongside the building’s famous architects and project developer. The Pan Am Building  has been the topic of debate amongst architects, architectural historians, preservationists, and planners alike since the 1950s.Although initially criticized for its location, placement, and for its alleged disregard for its surrounding urban environment, the building was infamously called one of the most hated buildings in New York City. However, the Pan Am Building’s architectural design is gaining popularity and respect with timeA special thank you to Matt Eberhart for his research assistance and Edward Condit for his donation in support of this program. ---------------------------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! --------------------Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds from purchases and donations go to supporting our mission of:           "educating, celebrating, and inspiring present, and future, generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways."--------------------A very special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued, and unwavering, support! --------------------If you liked the show, please subscribe and leave a review, this allows others to find us. Additionally, please consider becoming a museum member.
In this episode, we will be exploring the history of the Pan Am WorldPort, and Unit Terminal Building (UTB), which was located at Terminal 3 within John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Later we are joined by author Wendy Sue Knecht to discuss her book, Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir. Wendy joined Pan Am in 1979, and was with the company until 1991, before joining Delta Air Lines.To purchase this book and support the museum, click here.--------------------More about the WorldPort:Check out this 1959 Pan Am film titled "Jet Terminal", promoting the completion of the Pan Am's UTB, which would be renamed the WorldPort in 1971.  Made with an avant garde fashion that combines black and white footage with color material, and with almost no spoken dialogue or sound effects, the movie shows how the airline's new high-tech terminal makes everything about air travel look easy -- and glamorous. ---------------------------------------Visit Us for more Pan Am History! Support the Podcast!Donate to the Museum!Visit The Hangar for Pan Am gear!Become a Member! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! --------------------Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All proceeds from purchases and donations go to supporting our mission of:           "educating, celebrating, and inspiring present, and future, generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways."--------------------A very special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued, and unwavering, support! Thank you to Peter Tuccillo for interviewing Milton Heblad in 2013. --------------------If you liked the show, please subscribe and leave a review, this allows others to find us. Additionally, please consider becoming a museum member, or making a donation, so we can continue creating content like the Pan Am Podcast. Thank you for listening to the Pan Am Podcast. 
In this episode we are joined by a very special guest: Pan Am Captain Dave Bridges, Centenarian. He celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year and he just might be one of the oldest people to ever be on a podcast!A 37-year Pan Am veteran, Captain Bridges joined the company in 1943 and retired in 1981. He began as a relief co-pilot on the Boeing 314 flying boat during World War II, and after the war he flew a variety of land-based aircraft including the Douglas DC-3, DC-4, DC-7c, the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, the Boeing 707, and the Boeing 747. He currently lives outside of San Francisco, California and enjoys spending time with his family.Special thanks to Museum Curator John Luetich, Admiral Bill Studeman, Board Member Matt Eberhart, and Museum Board Chair Linda Freire for their help on this interview. Also, thank you to donors on Facebook that made this interview possible!Shortly after the conclusion of World War II in 1945, Pan Am made a film to mark the airline's contributions and sacrifices during the war: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTzpFX2BPPIIn 1950, Pan Am made a promotional film to promote the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v92U2F9gbUoIn the interview, Captain Bridges mentions an “old timer” that served as a mentor to the younger pilots. His name was Pan Am Captain John H. “Jack” Tilton. Tilton joined Pan Am in 1929 and would later go on to be Chief Pilot of the Pacific Division succeeding the late Captain Edwin C. Musik. In 1941, after the promotion and transfer of John C. Leslie to be Division Manager of the Atlantic, Captain Tilton was promoted to Operations Manager of the Pacific Division. After a distinguished 24 year career with Pan Am, Captain Jack Tilton retired in 1953 with 22,000 flying hours. He was the first pilot of the Pacific Division to retire. Here is a 1948 article from the “Clipper” employee newspaper about Captain Tilton:https://digitalcollections.library.miami.edu/digital/collection/asm0341/id/62129/  A special thanks to the University of Miami, Richter Library Special Collections for digitizing this publication and making it available to the public. The mission of the Pan Am Museum Foundation is “to educate, celebrate,and inspire present and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways.”Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as The World’s Most Experienced Airline. The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider becoming a museum member or making a donation so we can continue creating content like the Pan Am Podcast. Visit our website: www.ThePanAmMuseum.orgCheck out the Museum’s online store, “The Hangar,” to shop for Pan Am items including apparel, books, models, posters, jewelry, and vintage items! All proceeds support the Pan Am Museum Foundation!https://shop.thepanammuseum.org/Special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued support! http://www.panambrands.com/
In this episode we will be exploring the 1960s race for the first supersonic passenger aircraft between the United States, the Soviet Union, and a British-French partnership. Then we are joined by Becky Sprecher, a Pan Am flight attendant and co-author with Paula Helfrich of “Flying: A Novel,”  a historical fiction book about Pan Am crews flying over the Pacific in the 1970s.To purchase the book, “Flying: A Novel,” please visit the Museum’s online store: https://shop.thepanammuseum.org/products/flying-a-novelTo watch the late 1960s Boeing promotional film “You, Me, and the SST” mentioned in this episode, visit: https://youtu.be/730hKzBgu6cJulia Cooke wrote a moving article about the incredible life of the late Paula Zoe Helfrich in Atavist Magazine: https://magazine.atavist.com/the-improbable-life-of-paula-zoe-helfrich/?fbclid=IwAR0P3krMF-nH_W1NiJOgCCewU2Z-wvrQ1tl9q-7UiL9Bx4K7K3DShmjLu-4The mission of the Pan Am Museum Foundation is “to educate, celebrate,and inspire present and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways.”Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as The World’s Most Experienced Airline. The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider becoming a museum member or making a donation so we can continue creating content like the Pan Am Podcast. Visit our website: www.ThePanAmMuseum.orgCheck out the Museum’s online store, “The Hangar,” to shop for Pan Am items including apparel, books, models, posters, jewelry, and vintage items! All proceeds support the Pan Am Museum Foundation!https://shop.thepanammuseum.org/Special thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued support! http://www.panambrands.com/
In this episode we explore the coordinated terrorist hijackings of four passenger airliners all bound for New York on the same day on September 6, 1970.  The events were a watershed moment and aviation would never be the same again. The four planes involved were: a TWA Boeing 707,  a SwissAir DC-8, a El Al Boeing 707, and a Pan Am Boeing 747 named Clipper Fortune.  A fifth plane, a BOAC Vickers VC 10, was hijacked three days afterward. Later in the program we are joined by Pan Am Captain Paul Lachapelle. A 30-year Pan Am veteran who  joined the airline in 1955 flying the 707 and later 747SP. He retired from United Airlines in 1993.The mission of the Pan Am Museum Foundation is “to educate, celebrate,and inspire present and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways.”Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as The World’s Most Experienced Airline. The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider becoming a museum member or making a donation so we can continue creating content like The Pan Am Podcast. We want to hear from you! If you have a question or want to provide feedback on how we are doing, please email us at: podcast@ThePanAmMuseum.orgVisit our website: www.ThePanAmMuseum.orgSpecial thanks to Pan Am Brands for their continued support! http://www.panambrands.com/
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Jerome Wade

Hi, my name is Jerome Wade from Detroit,it was the hugely popular,but sadly short-lived ABC TV series "Pan Am",that inspired my interest in all things 1960s (and some of the early 1970s),the people,events,fads,politics,fashion,pop culture and of course the incredible music of the era,especially that from my hometown,MOTOWN. "Pan Am" and "Mad Men" made me a student of late 20th history,I've started collecting the music,movies and TV shows,and collected books about the era,and I have Christina Ricci,Kelli Garner,Karine Vanasse and Margot Robbie to thank for that,oh and your wonderful and informative podcast as well,keep up the good work!

Apr 18th
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