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Check out the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, in Foynes, Ireland.  A great museum featuring their fantastic new exhibit – a full scale replica of the Boeing B314 “Yankee Clipper”.  This replica was created for the museum from detailed plans by a team specialising in movie sets, and the reviews they have received of the aircraft are fantastic.


Check out the Naval Air Museum, Pensacola, FLA

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PAN AM REUNION CRUISE ~ APRIL 24 – MAY 9, 2015
ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S SERENADE OF THE SEAS -
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Pan Am Flt Eng – Pilot / World Wings Picnic -
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

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Douglas DC

“What did I expect to see when I got to the moon, you ask?  I expected to see an old Gooney Bird sitting up there waiting for me, because there’s just no place they can’t fly.” ~Neil Armstrong

TRIBUTE TO THE DC-3

In fifty-one they tried to ground the noble DC-3
And some lawyers brought the case before the C.A.B.
The board examined all the facts behind their great oak portal
And pronounced these simple words “The Gooney Bird’s Immortal”
The Army toast their Sky Train in lousy scotch and soda
The Tommies raise their glasses high to cheer their old Dakota
Some claim the C-47′s best, or the gallant R4D
Forget that claim, they’re all the same, they’re the noble DC-3.
Douglas built the ship to last, but nobody expected
This crazy heap would fly and fly, no matter how they wrecked it
While nations fall and men retire, and jets go obsolete
The Gooney Bird flies on and on at eleven thousand feet.
No matter what they do to her the Gooney Bird still flies.
One crippled plane was fitted out with one wing half the size
She hunched her shoulders, then took off (I know this makes you laugh)
One wing askew, and yet she flew, the DC-3 and a half.
She had her faults, but after all, who’s perfect in every sphere?
Her heating system was a gem; we loved her for her gear.
Of course the windows leaked a bit when the rain came pouring down.
She’d keep you warm, but in a storm, it’s possible you’d drown.
Well now she flies the feeder lines and carries all the freight.
She’s just an airborne office, a flying twelve ton crate.
They patched her up with masking tape, with paper clips and strings,
And still she flies, she never dies, Methuselah with wings.
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Turn the sound on and enjoy some Aviation history – Click to Watch!


Many of us in the 80′s flew Pan Am to Singapore and many of the spots mentioned in SE Asia and beyond.

A LOT OF MEMORIES HERE.. YOU CAN REALLY APPRECIATE THIS IF YOU WERE IN THE INDUSTRY AS A CREW MEMBER DURING A SEGMENT OF THESE GOLDEN YEARS IN U.S. AVIATION. I’M FOREVER GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS UNIQUE AND ENVIABLE FRATERNITY. A CORNUCOPIA OF MEMORIES AND COLLECTION OF LIFE LONG FRIENDSHIPS THAT ARE PRICELESS…

This PAA video is 30-minutes of unmitigated, nothing-short-of-exquisite bliss. Many thanks for the first-class ride, “Clipper”… & for all those flawless ‘crossings’!!!
A wonderful tour of the world’s airports and cities courtesy of Rich Beesley, a PAA flight-crewmember…

http://vimeo.com/50474365


PAN AM AIRLINES FLIGHT 50 OVER NORTH AND SOUTH POLES 1977 3454


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Dear All,

You may have seen this before because it’s been around for over a year.  But if not, and you have even a passing interest in commercial aviation, the following will be an hour well spent.  I’d seen parts of this before, but never the full production.  All of us who were part of the airline, and especially the flight crews, will recognize so very much.  So grab a cup of coffee or whatever, and enjoy a trip through history.

If you have not seen this it is worth the 58 minutes.
http://vimeo.com/32642328

Best regards,

Al Charlevois


Fred McGary, spouse of a retired airline employee, has a new website – www.usairporttocity.com that offers information about 51 US airports, 8 Canada airports and 17 Europe Airports all in one place. Each airport page has links to the official airport web site and sites of  public transportation agencies serving the airport. Local transit information is given on each page and a Google Transit Map is provided when available.

Remembering Air Travel’s Golden Era, by the Wall Street Journal – an article with photos from the Pan Am’s reunion in Miami. Click here for some great photos!



November 23, 2011

As explained by Jane Euler and Anne Sweeney below, watching this BBC documentary takes an hour.  I think you will not agree with everything in it because it is so much the expressions of individuals—but, if you take the time to watch, you will find it very, very good.

For those who are not technologically inclined, after you click on the underlined words (way down the screen below the messages from Jane and Anne– the link begins  with http://   ),  you will find a very busy screen.  Click on the right-pointing arrow at the bottom of the screen to start the show rolling.  You must sit through a short advertisement before the documentary starts. You should also click on the box (four arrows pointing outward) that expands the picture to “full screen.”  After the documentary is over, you get out of the full screen mode by clicking the ESC (escape) key on your keyboard.

You need to have an hour, but watching is worth the effort.

Click here – Pan Am Story on BBC - to watch the video.


The updated Pan Amigo Travel Update Interline/Hotel/Tour/Cruise/Rent A Car Discount Programs offer some great discounts for Pan Am retirees. Click here to read the report and how to benefit.


This is an incredible collection of photos on Pan Am’s history. It was forwarded by an ex employee, Arthur Rindner who now lives in Israel. I think these are some of the best Pan Am photos I have ever seen.
Enjoy…………………………Tony

Definitely, this is the best collection. Hope you all enjoy. Thanks Tony and Trudy for sending these. And also to Arthur who has definitely shown how deep his heart is still with Pan Am.     Vickie

Don’t Miss This One! A Fantastic Powerpoint presentation of the history of Pan Am. Click here.

(Don’t have a Power Point viewer? Download it for free - click here.)


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Maiden of the Maiden Flight

Information from this website about the Hindenburg.

Interesting photographs and biography of a woman who had a lot of firsts in aviation. Something I do not recall seeing before.. Great old pictures... Stu ________________

Check out Pan Am Clipper Flying Boats - Click Here. ________________

Have you ever heard of this?

Sounders Roe SARO SR.45 "Princess" Click here...


Watch this PanAm Clipper commercial video - it will take you back in time!!

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The VA has published their Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents Booklet for 2008. An easy-to-read reference guide, it provides the most current information about your earned benefits. You can download the 153 page booklet at the following website -click here.