PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6691 times:
From the book "Desert Airliners" by Graham Robson, page 77:
"The famous Pan American name was last seen on a Boeing 707 in regular service with the airline in 1981, when N881PA flew between New Orleans and Philadelphia on 26 January of that year."
However, this was not the last time Pan Am flew a 707:
...In a nostalgic move by the airline an example of the type was repainted in full colours to re-enact the type's inaugural trans-Atlantic scheduled service, between New York and Paris-Le Bourget, on 26 October 1983, the 25th anniversary of the event. N880PA had been withdrawn from service with Pan Am on 26 January 1981 with a total airframe time of 35,319 hours, and following a short period of storage was leased to Guyana Airways for use on their Georgetown-New York route. Returned from lease in December, 1982, the aircraft was repainted in suitable period markings and given the name "Clipper America" after the original series 121 which began the airline's jet services. In a very stylish move, Pan Am managed to locate a lot of the passengers and crew from the original event to help celebrate this rather significant milestone in commerical aviation. Sadly, however, the aircraft used on the original flight, series 121 N711PA, was disposed of by Pan Am in the mid-1970's, and was broken up in Taipei in 1984.
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