Photo description: N659PA (cn 20354/142) "Clipper Voyager". In service 1973-1991. The last Pan Am flight from Frankfurt to New York (PA073) on Nov. 1st 1991! The Cheerleaders from the Frankfurt Galaxy NFL Europe Team say bye bye to the airline!
You can see a football player in the picture - a true pro player? Anyone special on that flight? President of Pan Am? Movie stars? High profile people?
Patroni From Luxembourg, joined Aug 1999, 1403 posts, RR: 15 Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2873 times:
I was on the visitors terrace at Frankfurt airport that day, whithout knowing that it would be PA's final flight from Germany. The 747 took off in western direction, but after a few minutes it came back and performed a low pass while the speaker on the terrace anounced that this would be the last PA flight from Germany, "Byebye and Thank you for all those years, Pan Am". It was a very emotional moment..even more seeing the PA staff taking all the PA logos and stuff away from the ticketing and checkin desks in the departure hall. I still have some souvenirs which they gave me that day.
Oh yes, needless to say, my camera was not ready to capture a photo of the low pass....
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2824 times:
Quoting Patroni (Reply 1): It was a very emotional moment..even more seeing the PA staff taking all the PA logos and stuff away from the ticketing and checkin desks in the departure hall. I still have some souvenirs which they gave me that day.
I've met a lot of people in the past few years who worked for Pan Am....it was our national flag carrier if ever there was one...all of them look back with sadness that it all ended but with joy at all the good that came of working for them....such things cannot be easily replaced.
Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4590 posts, RR: 26 Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2449 times:
Quoting Gnomon (Reply 3): IIRC, the absolute last PA flight was a PA436, a B-727-200 from BGI to MIA, operated by "Clipper Goodwill." It arrived in MIA at 5:23 p.m. local.
I believe that flight occurred on Dec. 4, 1991, but of course I may be mistaken. This, of course, was after the substantial part of the European system ex-FRA had been divested to DL.
Correct. PA436 from BGI to MIA was the last ever Pan Am flight, on Dec 4 1991. The Blue Meatball pretty much came full circle that day. Its very first flight back in 1927 was from Florida (Key West) to the Carribbean (Havana) and the last flight was from the Carribbean (BGI) back to Florida (MIA)...
The picture above concerning the last PA flight from FRA was on Nov 1, 1991 after PA handed almost all their transatlantic ops over to DL. Little-remembered fact is that PA actually kept ONE transatlantic route after Nov 1991: MIA-CDG three times weekly with a 747.