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Last Flight: Original Pan Am

Sun Sep 18, 2005 5:44 am

I find this picture interesting.. football team cheerleaders are fan of Pan Am! Sad day..


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Photo description: N659PA (cn 20354/142) "Clipper Voyager". In service 1973-1991. The last Pan Am flight from Frankfurt to New York (PA073) on Nov. 1st 1991! The Cheerleaders from the Frankfurt Galaxy NFL Europe Team say bye bye to the airline!

You can see a football player in the picture - a true pro player? Anyone special on that flight? President of Pan Am? Movie stars? High profile people?



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patroni
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RE: Last Flight: Original Pan Am

Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:12 am

I was on the visitors terrace at Frankfurt airport that day, whithout knowing that it would be PA's final flight from Germany. The 747 took off in western direction, but after a few minutes it came back and performed a low pass while the speaker on the terrace anounced that this would be the last PA flight from Germany, "Byebye and Thank you for all those years, Pan Am". It was a very emotional moment..even more seeing the PA staff taking all the PA logos and stuff away from the ticketing and checkin desks in the departure hall. I still have some souvenirs which they gave me that day.

Oh yes, needless to say, my camera was not ready to capture a photo of the low pass....  Sad
 
Dougloid
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RE: Last Flight: Original Pan Am

Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:28 am

Quoting Patroni (Reply 1):
It was a very emotional moment..even more seeing the PA staff taking all the PA logos and stuff away from the ticketing and checkin desks in the departure hall. I still have some souvenirs which they gave me that day.

I've met a lot of people in the past few years who worked for Pan Am....it was our national flag carrier if ever there was one...all of them look back with sadness that it all ended but with joy at all the good that came of working for them....such things cannot be easily replaced.
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Gnomon
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RE: Last Flight: Original Pan Am

Sun Sep 18, 2005 7:46 am

IIRC, the absolute last PA flight was a PA436, a B-727-200 from BGI to MIA, operated by "Clipper Goodwill." It arrived in MIA at 5:23 p.m. local.

I believe that flight occurred on Dec. 4, 1991, but of course I may be mistaken. This, of course, was after the substantial part of the European system ex-FRA had been divested to DL.

I remember thinking I was probably the only kid in my elementary school who shed a tear over the death of Pan Am.
 
panamair
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RE: Last Flight: Original Pan Am

Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:56 am

Quoting Gnomon (Reply 3):
IIRC, the absolute last PA flight was a PA436, a B-727-200 from BGI to MIA, operated by "Clipper Goodwill." It arrived in MIA at 5:23 p.m. local.

I believe that flight occurred on Dec. 4, 1991, but of course I may be mistaken. This, of course, was after the substantial part of the European system ex-FRA had been divested to DL.

Correct. PA436 from BGI to MIA was the last ever Pan Am flight, on Dec 4 1991. The Blue Meatball pretty much came full circle that day. Its very first flight back in 1927 was from Florida (Key West) to the Carribbean (Havana) and the last flight was from the Carribbean (BGI) back to Florida (MIA)...

The picture above concerning the last PA flight from FRA was on Nov 1, 1991 after PA handed almost all their transatlantic ops over to DL. Little-remembered fact is that PA actually kept ONE transatlantic route after Nov 1991: MIA-CDG three times weekly with a 747.

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