Home of Pan American World Airways Retired Pilots and Employees – 1927-1991

We’re currently working on the newsletter for the May 2017 issue. If you have articles, short stories, vignettes, etc., that you would like to see published, please forward them by email to Sue –Click here.

______________
Is there an upcoming event you want everyone to know about? Send us the information, and we’ll post it on the website. Email to our webmaster Sue –click here


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

“Gentle Ben” Killmon

Ben Kilmon“Gentle Ben” Killmon made his final flight to the West  on 8 January 2015, from LaBelle, Florida USA.  He was a native of Norfolk, Virginia and sometime resident of Manteo, North Carolina and West Paducah, Kentucky.
A US Navy Korean War-era veteran, Ben flew for Slick Airways and the US Forestry Service before joining Pan American World Airways early in 1966.  He served as Flight Engineer Officer and Master Co-Pilot on Boeing 707, 727, and 747 Jet Clippers on international and ’round-the-world routes in the Atlantic and Latin American Divisions before transferring to United Airlines with the sale of the New York-London route in 1990.
With UAL he was assigned to Boeing 747 and Douglas DC-10 aircraft before retiring from a long flying career in 2000.  Ben was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who extended the hand of friendship and support to all whom he met.
He enjoyed long bicycle rides and many interests including herpetology, paleontology, and native cultures worldwide – and once reluctantly admitted there were a few snakes he should not have handled.  Ben’s final battle with prostate cancer was more than courageous and he fought it on his own terms.
Submitted by David “Mac” McLay – PAA MPT, Invol. Ret.

Join the
Clipper Pioneers -
receive our monthly newsletter, access our "members only" section of the website, & more!


Log In Button

NOTABLES

Maiden

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!!

Click Here.


The April 2017 newsletter is now online!
Read it here!
(Members Only)

For previous
newsletters,
go to our Archive.
(Members Only)


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.