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Pan Am & The 747  
User currently offlineBoeing767-300 From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 659 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

I'm currently reading Clive Irvings book "Widebody" the story of the 747 and was wondering with Juan Trippe so influential in the launch of the 747 at a time when few other airlines were interested and the skeptics doubted the need for it.

Did Pan Am order any subsequent 747-123s other than the initial 25 and the 747SPs later purchased.

I can't remeber if they did or not but even the 747-123 always looked impressive in the Pan Am blue and white.

I suspect that Pan Ams International only passengers was already starting to cripple them and so probably suspect there were no further orders.

Book is a great read

regards

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User currently offlineEHHO From Bulgaria, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3457 times:

Yes they did, and they had a bunch of 742s as well:

http://airfleets.net/flottecie/Pan%20Am-history-b747-35.htm



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User currently offlineTifoso From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

Here are Pan Am's 747 orders....courtesy of the Boeing orders website Big grin

Pan Am World Airways U.S.A. North America 747-100 PW 13-Apr-1966 25
Pan Am World Airways U.S.A. North America 747-100 PW 23-Jan-1969 8
Pan Am World Airways U.S.A. North America 747-200F PW 30-Jun-1978 2
Pan Am World Airways U.S.A. North America 747-SP PW 10-Sep-1973 5
Pan Am World Airways U.S.A. North America 747-SP PW 09-Dec-1976 1
Pan Am World Airways U.S.A. North America 747-SP PW 09-Jul-1977 2
Pan Am World Airways U.S.A. North America 747-SP PW 15-Dec-1977 2


User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4748 posts, RR: 45
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3455 times:

Pan Am never ordered any 747-123s fyi.

their 747s were -121s.

-g



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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5658 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

LOL, I love how technically exact some people on here can get, LMAO.


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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

In the mid-1960's, Pan Am was THE symbol of the United States (with all apologies to TWA). The airline was not allowed to fly domestically, but if a new international route was to open up, it would be Pan Am.

Juan Trippe was the actual deciding factor in Boeing's decision to build the 747. He convinced Boeing that he was committed to this revolutionary new transport - whisking large numbers of people around the world - and would place the initial order.

Pan Am, however, started its slow decline in the 1970's. By the 1980's, while most other airlines were converting to newer and more efficient aircraft, Pan Am continued plying the skies with the 747-121's. In addition, they took over quite a few -100 models from both United and American.

The ALL looked fabulous in the blue meatball look. The 747, in my opinion, was designed around the Pan Am motif...but then again, I might be a bit biased.  laughing 



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