Pan American World Airways could be considered a corporate Cinderellaa rags-to-riches-and-back-again phenomenon. From its founding in 1927 and its relatively obscure inauguration as a mail carrier on a 90-mile mail run from Floridas Key West to Cuba, Pan Ams route system grew to span the globe. The company that would eventually become famous for its blue-and-white-world logo grew into a conglomerate of hotels, airlines, business jets, real estate, a helicopter service, and even a guided missiles range division. But financial problems plagued Pan Am in its last two decades, and in 1991, Pan American World Airways ceased flying after 64 years of service. The story of Pan Am is as much the story of president Juan T. Trippe as it is an account of airplanes, pilots, flight attendants, and glamorous destinations. As the company moved throughout the world building airfields from jungles, crossing oceans, and forcing the development of new airplanes, it was Trippes airline and his vision. A global pioneer, Pan Am was the first airline to use radio communications, to employ cabin attendants and serve meals aloft, and to complete an around-the-world flight. The companys achievements were legendary, but its failures, tragedies, and disasters were also part of a complex corporate life.
Pan Am at War chronicles the airline?s historic role in advancing aviation and serving America?s national interest before and during World War II. From its inception, Pan American Airways operated as the ?wings of democracy,? spanning six continents and placing the country at the leading edge of international aviation. At the same time, it was clandestinely helping to fight America?s wars. Utilizing government documents, declassified Freedom of Information Act material, and company documents, the authors have uncovered stories of Pan Am?s stunning role as an instrument of American might: The airline?s role in building air bases in Latin America and countering Axis interests that threatened the Panama Canal Creating transatlantic and trans-Africa supply lines for sending Lend-Lease equipment to Britain Cooperation with Chiang Kai-shek and the Chinese nationalist government to pioneer the dangerous ?Hump? route over the Himalayas The dangerous seventeen-thousand-mile journey that took President Roosevelt to the high-stakes Casablanca Conference with Winston Churchill The daring flight that delivered uranium for the atomic bomb. Filled with larger-than-life characters, and revelations of the vision and technology it took to dominate the skies, Pan Am at War provides a gripping unknown history of the American Century.
The author started his aviation journey on March 11, 1943 when Pan American airways hired him as an apprentice Flight Engineer. From the China Clipper to the Jumbo 747 it was a wonderful forty-year trip. I hope you will find some of the stories interesting and enlightening. To the thousands of former Pan American employees the memories of those “glory years” lingers on. I hope my accounts of the airplanes, the people, the places, and the airline will brighten those recollections.
Escape current events for the moment to a time when life was just a little bit easier, a little bit more explorative, and a little bit more fun and romantic. This book tells a true story exploring the adventurous journey of a young, carefree Pan Am flight attendant who experienced world travel that only a few could ever imagine. The good, the bad, and the ugly truth about what it was like working for one of the largest airlines in the world, Pan Am World Airways, the pioneer of transatlantic flight. “Pan Am After the Glamour Fades: Memoirs of a Flight Attendant 1989-1991,” is like no other Pan Am book you may have read in the past. Exposing secrets of an otherwise glamorous career on the surface, Christine escorts us into the obscure annals of humanity through the lens of a young female flight attendant. The story is set in the late 80’s era, when Pan Am had already reached the pinnacle of its lifespan and success but began its downward spiral into financial ruin. While the rest of the world was embracing the dawn of the digital era and massive wealth accumulation through internet speculation, change was inevitable for Pan Am and its employees. Experience an insider view of the ups and downs of flying as a cabin crew member of the most sought-after airline in the world. Christine’s story is written in a first-person account, so you will laugh, and probably be moved to tears as she compels you to feel as if you’re right there with her, experiencing events as they were happening. Take a trip to exotic places that most people could only dream of traveling, and meet world-renown celebrity personalities who were an inspiration to Americans of the '70s and '80s. At times she will go deeper than the surface to share her very personal and intimate experiences. Some stories may even surprise and disturb you. (This book contains mature content and situations not appropriate for children.) The names of characters in this book have been changed to respect the privacy of persons mentioned in Christine’s memoir. However, events, situations, and locations are all truthful but uninhibited.
By any measure, Juan Terry Trippe was a remarkable business leader - a visionary, devious, shrewd, deeply flawed, and ultimately inscrutable genius. Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Harvard man, once called him "the most fascinating Yale gangster I ever met." Trippe built Pan American Airways from a single scrap of paper - a license to fly airmail from Key West to Havana - into the world's largest airline. In the process, he all but single-handedly shaped the world of air travel. If Juan Trippe had never existed, it's safe to say that the world would look very different from the way it does today. Here's his extraordinary story.
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