Category Archives: Pan Am (1st)

How the Pearl Harbor attack forced the world’s first around-the-world commercial flight

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Remembering the Past:

How a Pan Am Clipper flight grounded in New Zealand was forced to take the long way home to New York without any charts and maintaining radio silence after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

From the Washington Post:

From Wikipedia: Harris & Ewing, photographer. Sister ship, the Pan American World Airways Boeing 314 Yankee Clipper (NC18603), circa 1939. This aircraft started the Transatlantic mail service. It crashed in Lisbon, Portugal, on February 22, 1943 and was written off.

More on the Boeing 314:

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Video: Pan American Boeing 377 Stratocruiser – Bermuda and New York in 1959


From Classic Airliners: Silent film (Audio dubbed by me) from Mr. Ken Butz: VERY RARE footage of a PAA Strat on the ramp at Kindley Field, Bermuda and New York Idlewild in 1959! Seen here in the twilight of her career with Pan Am.

Classic Video: I was a Jet Set Stewardess from the Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel has issued this great video that serves as a time machine back to the late 1950s and early 1960s during the initial “Jet Set” era.

Warning: this look back at the past may be a cultural shock for some.

Watch the full show from the Smithsonian Channel: CLICK HERE

Smithsonian Channel

The description by the Smithsonian: In the 1960s, jetliners changed air travel forever. Return to this golden age of commercial flight, when pilots looked like movie stars, passengers ate 7-course meals in economy, and charming stewardesses became the glamorous faces of the industry.

This video above includes insightful interviews with former stewardesses (mainly from BOAC and Pan Am) and also great color footage from the early jetliner era.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/ Boeing 707-436 G-APFH (msn 17709) of BOAC taxies at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on September 1, 1970.

BOAC aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Pan Am aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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You can have the 1970s “Pan Am Experience” at Air Hollywood

Air Hollywood Pan Am Experience photo

Air Hollywood, the studio in Hollywood where many movies involving airliners are filmed, is now offering the “Pan Am Experience” to help “passengers” relive the golden age of air travel  on the original Pan Am of the 1970s. Prices range from $297 for the First Class experience and $197 for Clipper Class. The “experience” never leaves the ground, it occurs inside the mock Boeing 747 cabin that is used for making movies. Air Hollywood describes the experience:

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From its birth in 1927, Pan American Airways was the pioneer airline whose routes spanned 6 continents and more than 80 countries. Almost a century later, the name Pan Am is still a very powerful brand, and inside this Southern California motion picture studio sits an exact replica of the airline’s Boeing 747 and everything that made it so special.

Your Pan Am experience starts on the main deck with a cocktail and beverage service in the First Class cabin. Each stewardess that greets you will be adorned in her original 1970’s Pan Am uniform. Our Pan Am crew will offer various video & audio selections while you sit back in your Pan Am Sleeperette seat and sip a cocktail.

Soon after, you’ll climb the winding staircase where the crew will set your table for a truly memorable dining event. In classic Pan Am style, you’ll be offered your favorite cocktail and served a delightful gourmet meal. Everything from the china to the glassware is authentic with careful attention to the exquisite service delivery of the era and menu offerings of Pan Am.

After dinner, you will have an opportunity to view the vast collection of airline memorabilia and view other film production sets.

For the first time since Pan Am ceased operations, you can now relive the magic of this golden era in travel. We cordially invite you to personally experience this unique “flying” opportunity in the tradition of Pan Am.

Air Hollywood Pan Am Experience cabin


Air Hollywood Pan Am Experience Prices

All photos above by Air Hollywood.

For more information: CLICK HERE

Pan Am (1st) Slide Show: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/ Boeing 747-121 N751PA (msn 19655) “Clipper Midnight Sun” displays the classic 1976 livery of the first and original Pan Am.

Pan Am International Flight Academy in Miami acquired by ANA Holdings

Pan Am Flight Academy logo

The Pan Am International Flight Academy (Miami) is a repository of Pan Am memorabilia and memories of the past. It is also the location where the original 1928 Terminal was located along NW 36th Street on the north side of the current Miami International Airport. This site was the location of the MIA passenger terminal until the current “20th Street” location was first opened (and later expanded) on the east side of the airport in 1959. Pan Am inaugurated air service from this location in 1928 to Havana, Cuba via Key West. The current Pan Am facility specializes in pilot training and flight simulation. Pan Am, before its demise, built this facility as a state-of-art training facility for its pilots. The following statement about the sale to ANA Holdings has been issued:

Pan Am Flight Academy

Pan Am International Flight Academy and Pan Am Holdings, Inc. have announced it has been purchased by ANA Holdings, the parent company of All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd, (ANA) one of the leading airlines in the world. Former owner, American Capital, Ltd sold Pan Am, held in its portfolio since 2006 in an agreement reached on August 24.

The combination of Pan Am and All Nippon Airways (ANA) makes for a strong partnership and positions the new entity to meet the increasing demand for trained pilots worldwide. Pan Am is one of the world’s largest independent providers of flight simulation and aviation training services and has the second largest number of flight simulators used for training. Airlines and individuals from across the globe, including North and South America, Europe and Asia rely on Pan Am for flight training services.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to expand Pan Am into Asia by providing training to other Asian airlines, partner firms and subsidiaries. With air travel expected to double within the next 30 years, and much of the growth occurring in Asia, the company is poised to capture opportunities and create an additional source of steady revenue for the Airline.

Pan Am CEO, Mr. Vito Cutrone states, “This is a very exciting time for Pan Am. We feel certain that working with our new owners at ANA will bring new and profitable opportunities for Pan Am’s continued growth, and particularly new opportunities for the employees of Pan Am.”

Pan Am International Flight Academy, headquartered in Miami, FL, has its origins in Pan American World Airways as its original training division, and operates under one of the most recognized brands in the world. The company provides flight simulation and training on all the leading aircraft types, operating nine training facilities in the U.S. and abroad, with more than 200 aviation training programs available.

Pan Am (1st): AG Slide Show

Pan Am The Legacy Lives On

The “real” Pan American World Airways


The ABC “Pan Am” television show this season has been a real farce (many would say it is a joke) for us that know the history of this once-great airline. It has taken the BBC to tell the real story of Pan Am with interviews with real former Pan Am employees and actual images. Thank you BBC for telling the real story.

Watch this excellent video:


Pan Am Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Pan Am’s former employees to gather in Miami as the new TV show premieres on Sunday

Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) (1st) (New York and Miami) is making a lot of headlines lately due to the increased interest as a result of the new American TV show called “Pan Am” on ABC. The new TV show premieres this Sunday.

Pan Am International Flight Academy is a scheduled stop for the much anticipated “Worldwide Family Reunion” of former Pan Am Employees being held on October 20 – 23, 2011 in Miami, Florida.

According to the organizers, former employees, friends and family of Pan Am International Flight Academy’s founding airline, Pan American Airways, affectionately known as Pan Am, together with aviation aficionados from all over the globe and every division of the company, are expected to attend the reunion being held in the Dinner Key/Coconut Grove area of Miami (the flying clipper boats would depart from Dinner Key, now the city hall of the city of Miami). Attendees will be celebrating the Centennial of Aviation in Miami as they honor the enormous part the airline played in shaping aviation history while also marking 20 years since the close of one of the country’s most iconic pioneering companies.

Interest in “Pan Am” is at an all-time high. Along with the noteworthy rise and continued success of the former airline’s only remaining division, Pan Am International Flight Academy – providing training solutions worldwide, there is the much-anticipated ABC network television series “Pan Am,” and the musical “Catch Me If You Can” is now running on Broadway.

Other reunion events include a “Hangar Party,” to be held in the historic Coast Guard Hangar on the shores of Biscayne Bay in Dinner Key which the original Pan Am Clippers once called home during the pioneering days of aviation, as well as tours of the special exhibit “Aviation in Miami: The First 100 Years” at HistoryMiami in downtown Miami.

For complete reunion schedule and registration details visit:

We will be adding to our Pan Am gallery this weekend: CLICK HERE

Visit the official ABC TV Show Website (including videos and episodes): CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for additional information.



ABC orders a pilot TV show called “Pan Am”

Pan Am (1st) is coming back, at least to American television in a pilot show. According to this article in Variety, ABC has ordered a “pilot” show to test the market for this subject matter. The show will take place in the “Golden Era” of the airlines, circa 1960s when the jets were being introduced.

Read the full article in Variety: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on the photo for background information.