Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 27 Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4722 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?
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27186 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4658 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).
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.
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4322 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.