Funny that you mentioned flight 502, because that was the flight number of the first leg of the IAH
flight I posted above. By 1977, the flight was truncated at PTY
, after the Central America milk-run.
In 1977, getting to GIG
, was then Flight#516, a MON
and THU only service, but upgraded to a 747 from the 707 you flew on. In addition, other differences from 1970 to 1977 include the flight to Brasillia(BSB
) having been moved over to MIA
, as a continuing service to GIG
That connection to LAX
, was on a 747, it operated on WED, FRI, SUN, and also on a 747, but either with a stop in GUA
1-stop(WED/FRI), or in SJO
2-stop(SUN). Probably the last time SJO
will see anything as large as a 747 in a passenger configuration....unless Iberia does something in the wake of MIA
closing as its Americas hub.....we will see.
I will never cease to be amazed by the aircraft PANAM used to certain places. Back in those days, PANAM was truely an INTERNATIONAL airline! There wasn't one corner of the globe that PANAM couldn't get you too! Even Africa, (which is totally ignored today by U.S. airlines) flying to Dakar, Monrovia, Abidjan, Accra, Cotonou, Lagos, Douala, Libreville, Kinshasha, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, and Johannesburg. Sad to see this airline gone.
I will never forget as a child, living under the approach to PDX
, climbing a tree to get a better vantage point of the PANAM 707 landing on its daily LHR
service. I was an odd child, in that at 10 years old, I could correctly identify each and every aircraft, and from where it came! Those were the days!