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Pan Am At SDF

Sat Feb 18, 2006 7:05 pm

Had an interesting sighting on my way into work at UPS last night. At 10:48pm EST as I was riding on the shuttle bus at the UPS hub, I spotted a B727-200 in the colors of Pan Am. The plane was clean and looking very immaculate as she turned onto 35R for departure Can anyone tell me the the tail number, Clipper name, and why she was there? What is the route of this particular flight? It really made my night seeing this classic 3-holer in the colors of my once favorite airline.
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RE: Pan Am At SDF

Sat Feb 18, 2006 9:48 pm

It arrived as flt 552 from SFB operating for Vacation Express. Who usually operates this route for Vacation?? Pan Am is currently running the Atlanta/Cancun routes for them with N342PA "Clipper Guilford." Checking on the flight history of this bird it was doing some other VE routes to Punta Cana and CVG. My guess would be you got N349PA "Clipper Juan Trippe" as its the only other Pan Am 727 flying lately. All the others are sitting in SFB with missing engines except for N349PA "Clipper Ed Ball" which was sitting by itself on the north side of the airport (your other possibility).

Here are the others in the fleet:

N361PA "Clipper A. Jay Cristol"

N367PA "Clipper Egil"

N363PA "Clipper Walt Helmer" and N349PA "clipper Juan Trippe"

I saw N343PA "Bahamas Clipper" in SFB last Summer, but have no clue where it is now. N364PA "Clipper Deschapelles" and N369PA "Clipper Pathfinder" seem to be long gone as well....

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RE: Pan Am At SDF

Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:07 pm

I looked up some pics of N342PA and I am almost certain that it was this aircraft I spotted. In the pics, Clipper Guilford seems to be spotless and well cared for while Clipper Juan Trippe is very dirty. As I mentioned, this bird was clean and looking very beautiful. The view I had was similar to the one below except is was darker outside. On a side note, it did not have winglets.

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Mystery solved, Thanks for the info Rich!  bigthumbsup 
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