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Pan Am's First "jet Age" Livery?  
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3805 posts, RR: 29
Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4107 times:

When did Pan Am begin painting aircraft in the livery seen on the DC-6 pictured below? Was the livery unveiled prior to the delivery of PA's first jet aircraft (707-121 N709PA, 15 August 1958) or did it first appear with PA's first jet delivery?

In any event, photo evidence indicates that many of PA's DC-6s, DC-7s and Stratocruisers (and even a few DC-4s) were repainted in their first "jet age" livery. On this same subject, can anyone speak for (or against) the veracity of the statement I once heard that the majority of PA's DC-7Cs were delivered new in the "jet age" livery?


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25205 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4043 times:



Quoting Tango-Bravo (Thread starter):
On this same subject, can anyone speak for (or against) the veracity of the statement I once heard that the majority of PA's DC-7Cs were delivered new in the "jet age" livery?

I'm quite certain that is not correct. Of PA's 26 DC-7C's, 16 were delivered in 1956 and 10 in 1957. The one below, N755PA, is the 2nd last, delivered May 1957 (the last, N756PA, arrived a month later).


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As you can see it has the "pre-jet" livery. I'm sure some Pan Am experts will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe their first aircraft with the "blue globe" livery was their first 707.

And coincidentally, we're just 10 days from the 50th anniversary of the inaugural 707 commercial flight (and first jet flight by a US carrier) when a PA 707-121 departed JFK (then IDL) for Paris Le Bourget (LBG) with a fuel stop at Gander on October 26, 1958.


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3933 times:

The Pan Am Globe and color scheme changes were introduced in August 1957, well over a year before the first scheduled jet flight. Many of its' aircraft recieved the new look at that time.

User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1204 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3854 times:
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Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 2):
The Pan Am Globe and color scheme changes were introduced in August 1957,

You may be right but from what I have seen, most historians say 1958


Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 2):
Many of its' aircraft recieved the new look at that time.


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3824 times:



Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 3):
You may be right but from what I have seen, most historians say 1958

I checked two sources and both agree to August 1957. How long it took to change over is anyones guess.


User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3805 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

Whatever the actual date that Pan American introduced the livery in question, their April 1, 1958 timetable shows the "meatball" tail logo seen on the DC-6 in the original post and also feaures the lighter blue of the livery in question in place of the darker blue and winged globe logo common to timetables of the late-1940s to mid-1950s in the days of Pan American World Airways.

Pan American took delivery of their first jet five months after their timetable of April 1, 1958 featuring the new lighter blue and "wingless globe" logo of their first "jet age" livery. The same timetable featured piston aircraft types only and made no mention of the soon-to-come arrival of jet aircraft to PA's fleet.


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