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5/03/1976: Pan Am’s round-the-world Record-setting Flight

Today in Aviation, Pan Am’s Boeing 747SP–21 ‘Clipper Liberty Bell’ completed a record-setting flight around the world in 1976.

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4/22/1985: United Announces Purchase of Pan Am’s Pacific Division

Today in Aviation, United Airlines (UA) announced that it was to buy Pan Am’s (PA) Pacific division.

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How the Sikorsky S-42 Changed Aviation History

The statement that the Sikorsky S-42 was the “airliner that changed aviation history” will undoubtedly spark debate.

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Today in Aviation: The Mighty Boeing 747 Enters Revenue Service

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, the Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jet’ was placed into commercial service with launch customer Pan Am (PA) in 1970. Flight PA2, operated by ’Clipper Victor’ (N736PA), departed New York (JFK) bound for London Heathrow Airport (LHR). However, the inaugural service had been full of turbulence and wasn’t the launch that PA […]

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Today in Aviation: Pan Am Acquires National Airlines

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, Pan Am completed the purchase of the “Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast” carrier National Airlines in 1980. Pan Am had desperately tried to build a domestic network across the US for many years. There were even discussions of a merger with United Airlines (UA) or American Airlines (AA). However, their attempts were constantly rejected. […]

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Today in Aviation: First Round-the-world Flight Lands in New York

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Pan American World Airways became the first commercial airline to complete a flight around the world in 1942. Operated by a Boeing 314 Clipper flying boat known as California Clipper (NC-18602), the epic journey began on December 2, 1941. The Clipper departed from the airline’s Treasure Island base in San […]

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Today in Aviation: Pan Am Retires the Boeing 707

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, Pan American World Airways (PA) retired its last Boeing 707 from regular passenger service in 1981. Pan Am had been the launch customer for the 707 in 1955, after placing an order for 20. The aircraft would usher in the jet age and become synonymous with the airline. The first […]

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Today in Aviation: First Flight of the Martin M-130

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, the first Pan American Airways Martin M-130, an all-metal, trans-Pacific flying boat, performed its maiden flight in 1934. The Martin M-130 was a commercial flying boat designed and constructed for Pan American Airways by the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1935. Martin built three M-130: the ‘China […]

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Today in Aviation: Pan Am’s Polar Flight around the World

MIAMI – Today in Aviation, a Boeing 747SP operating Pan Am flight 50 flew to/from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) via both poles on October 28-30, 1977. The flight took place in celebration of Pan Am’s 50th anniversary. Pan Am’s flight 50 made aviation history by setting a speed record for a polar circumnavigation. According […]

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Today in Aviation: Pan Am’s Boeing 707 Ushers the Jet Age

MIAMI – It is widely known that the jet age began today in 1958 when, on the first of its regular scheduled flights, a Pan Am Boeing 707 took off from Idlewild Airport (now JFK International Airport) to Paris. The Boeing 707, N711PA, while not the first commercial jetliner in operation, was the first successful […]

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