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December 3  Inaugural Clipper Gala!

Taking Flight

Pan Am’s Legacy Lives Again
The Gala Opening of Phase 1 of the Pan Am Museum

Dear World Wingers:

It’s really happening! Pan Am’s storied past will become a present-day reality at the Inaugural Clipper Gala that will open the Pan Am Museum on December 3, 2016 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island.

In just a year, the founders of this exceptional project raised just over $100,000 and put together the first phase of the museum exhibit, The B-314 Flying Boat, one of many pioneering Pan Am accomplishments.  We know you will want to be there to celebrate the launch of the first of four exhibits. Once completed, the B-314 Flying Boat Exhibit will be joined by three legendary Boeing aircraft, the Stratocruiser, the B-707 and the B-747.

The legendary Boeing 314 will be featured in Phase I of the museum exhibit and open to guests at the Inaugural Gala.

Our Place In History

We all are privileged to have been part of Pan Am’s history. Many of us were flying when Pan Am ushered in the Jet Age with the first 707 and pioneered the launch of the 747.

Thanks to World Wings, we have remained a part of the Pan Am Family. Now, with this singular new project, spearheaded by a group of dedicated Pan Am employees, including several leading members of World Wings, we can again celebrate our beloved airline’s achievements that changed the world forever.

Eight World Wings Chapters have each donated at least $1000 to become Founding Members of the Pan Am Museum and many individual World Wingers have supported our efforts with generous donations. To date, we have 62 founding members who have donated $1000 or more to the Foundation.

Mark a Milestone

The Inaugural Clipper Gala will mark a milestone in Pan Am’s proud history. Many World Wings members will be present to see the new museum and to honor several well-known Pan Amers representing specific employee groups. They include author Mary Higgins Clark, Flight Service;  Captain John Marshall, Pilots; Ron Marasco, Maintenance, Trenton Fleming, Passenger Service and Dolores Hoffman, Cargo, who was the first woman forklift operator at JFK.

Tickets are a very reasonable $180 per person and $100 of this is tax-deductible – we are a proud 501 (c)(3) charity, registered in the State of New York. The program includes cocktails, dinner, special presentations and a silent auction with fabulous prizes! Don’t Wait!!!

Hotel Bookings

You have until November 30 to purchase your ticket to this historic event. However, there is less time left to book a room at one of the three hotels offering special rates (blocked rooms) for the night of December 3.  Rates range from $159 to $199 per room.  You must book rooms at these rates by November 4, 2016. You can book both tickets to the Gala and reserve hotel accommodations from our website, www.thepanammuseum.org or on the website set up just for the Gala, www.panamgala.org.

Jewelry, and Art Work and Travel! Oh My!
Our Fabulous Silent Auction

We are still collecting an array of marvelous prizes for our silent auction, to be held on the night of the Gala. Just look at these amazing jewels including a dazzling pearl necklace from Chanel.

Everything You Need To Know About The Inaugural Gala

Saturday, December 3, 2016   6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island, New York

Inaugural Clipper Gala

featuring Cocktails, Dinner, and Silent Auction along with Special Presentations and the launch of the first Pan Am Exhibit featuring the B-314. Join us for the kick-off fundraising event and be a part of establishing a Pan Am Museum to create a lasting legacy for Pan Am!

Cradle of Aviation Museum
The Cradle of Aviation Museum is part of Nassau County’s Museum Row and is located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in East Garden City next to Nassau Community College.

Driving Directions:
Meadowbrook Parkway to exit M4, follow signs to Museum Row which will put you on Charles Lindbergh Blvd., stay on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. to the second traffic light and turn right into the parking lot.

 Public Transportation:
Bus: The N16, N45, and N51 buses stop several blocks from the Museum at Nassau Community College.
Train: Take the LIRR to Garden City, Mineola or Westbury; taxis are available to the Museum from each of these stations.

Special Presentations
Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author and former Pan Am Stewardess will join us for the evening and be honored representing the Pan Am Stewardesses. She has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel; two children’s books; and a memoir.  Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone. You can read more about Mary, known as the “Queen of Suspense,” at the Mary Higgins Clark Website.

Captain John Marshall, esteemed Pan Am Pilot and Manager of Flight Standards who brought in Pan Am’s last flight on December 4, 1991 from Sao Paulo, will be honored representing the Pan Am Pilots. Captain Marshall is also a prolific aviation author and has been published often in AIRWAYS magazine. You can read an excerpt of his  Memories of a Last Flight on James Patrick Baldwin’s website under The Pan Am Series – Part XVII: Death of a Grand Lady.

Former Pan Am employees from other divisions will also be honored.

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction features a week in Vieques, Puerto Rico; sailing on the Chesapeake; and a two-night stay in a centrally located NYC condo, among other enticing items!  More Silent Auction items are needed to boost our fundraising, and all those who can contribute items to be auctioned are encouraged to do so!  Overseas vacations; gift cards for shopping, restaurants or spas; art work; jewelry; stays at hotels; tickets to the theater, ballet, sporting events in New York; a catered tea or dinner by a group of Flight Attendants — use your imagination and help raise money for the Pan Am Museum!  Please contact Gala Co-Chairs, Diane Studeman or Graziella Burpee, to donate Silent Auction items.  Gala Program ads also need to be sold.  Please contact Jocelyne Harding to provide assistance with selling ads.

Purchase a Gift
The Museum will be decorated for the holidays, and a giving tree will provide Gala guests the opportunity to purchase a wrapped holiday gift.  These gifts will decorate a lighted tree that will benefit Bright Tomorrows, a battered women’s shelter on Long Island.

Discounted Hotel Rooms
Three area hotels are providing discounted room rates: The Long Island Marriott in Uniondale and the Hampton Inn and the Hyatt Place in Garden City. You must make your hotel reservations no later than November 4th, otherwise the hotel group rates expire. You can book your rooms directly on our website via the Registration link at Pan Am Museum Foundation Gala Registration. It will be the holiday season with lots of people and events in the New York area, and NY hotel space will be tight and expensive. So don’t delay!

More Information
More information and ticket purchases for the Inaugural Gala are on our website Pan Am Museum Foundation or on the Gala website Pan Am Gala.  Tickets are $180.00. Each ticket provides a $100.00 tax deduction for which you will receive a tax receipt. You may reserve a table for ten to be assured of sitting with your friends. Thank you for your contribution!

The MISSION of the PAN AM MUSEUM FOUNDATION is to raise funds to develop a Pan Am Museum furthering the legacy of Pan American World Airways and its importance in aviation history.

The VISION of the PAN AM MUSEUM FOUNDATION is to preserve and exhibit Pan Am artifacts commemorating the company’s history, contributions to aviation, and the extraordinary people of Pan Am — telling the Pan Am Story for the public and for future generations.


MARCH 17, 2017

10 Night Southern Caribbean on Serenade of the Seas
r/t Fort Lauderdale
to Tortola, St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, Antigua, St. Maarten.

Come join us as we prepare once again for a fabulous reunion cruise! Watch for more information in the Clipper Pioneers newsletter.

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The Pan Am Historical Foundation raises funds on an on-going basis as it pursues its goal of establishing The Pan Am Historical Museum. On the registration form we are asking folks to indicate if they plan to bring Pan Am memorabilia for a fund raising auction / raffle. Please be selective with your memorabilia donations. This is not a “garage sale’ type of activity. In other words we are not looking for folks to bring those boxes stored in the attic or basement. Be selective and bring just a couple of small items that will be of interest for auctioning or a raffle prize. Items not sold will be returned to the donor.

Stay tuned for future updates. Regards, Al Topping


Clipper Pioneers Miami luncheon reminder:
The monthly Clipper Pioneers luncheon with former Pan Am cockpit crew members is held at noon LAST Thursday of each month at the Mystic/Spirit Restaurant, 7250 NW 11 Street, Miami. (Near the SW corner of Miami Intl Airport)

Exception: November and December luncheon will be on the THIRD Thursday, due to holidays.
No reservations necessary however try to show up a little early to chat and get a seat.

Submitted by Harvey Benefield


Every 3rd Thursday, there is a lunch at Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury, CT. We meet at the bar for enrichment at 1200. The cost is $12 and that includes a mug of soup, usually black bean, and a burger, sandwich, wrap or salad. Soft drinks or coffee are included. Pay for your beer.

These meetings started about 15 years ago, and are held every month except April when we hold the Clipper Pioneer lunch in Port Jefferson, NY.
~Alan Vale



We meet the second Tuesday of every quarter at the Continental Inn in Yardley, PA at 1200 for a bit of BS before going to our private conference room upstairs for lunch.

Been going on since 1992 and it’s a great way to stay together. Contact: Chris Blaydon 215 757 6229 or cblayd@aol.com


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