alaskamd80
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Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:37 am

Hello, i was talking to my Grandfather and he was telling me that he took
Pan American from Rome to JFK in 1955, i was wondering what aircraft they used on this route, he said that he doesnt remember. any help will be good, Thanks, Luciano
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:51 am

Most likely a DC-6B or if it was "Rainbow" Tourist a DC-4.
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:54 am

Quoting AlaskaMD80 (Thread starter):

Probally a DC6 as Pan Am was using that type of aircraft at that time, have flown both the DC6 and DC7
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Pan Am DC7
Pan AM had just introduced the DC7, so it could have been either one, maybe some others will jump in and help. Remerber this was before the jet age, so lots of these aircraft only had ranges of 4000 miles. So there must have been stops invovled
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:56 am

Or you could check the Pan Am web site at Pan Am.org
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:00 am

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 1):
Pan AM had just introduced the DC7, s

Correct, first delivery was 5/25/55 DC-7B N771PA Clipper Evening Star.

So it could have been either a 4, 6, or 7.
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:00 am

Pan Am had Boeing Stratocruisers as well as DC-6's and DC-7's in 1955; but I think the Stratocruisers were mainly on the Pacific routes.
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:22 am

Have somemore info for you that I found on the Pan Am web site
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Pan Am DC7 sleeper and First Class service
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:08 am

No transatlantic DC-4s that late (for passengers, anyway). Offhand I'd say the DC-6B is most likely, with DC-7B and B377 tied for second place. I'll check and see if any B377s went as far east as Rome.
 
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:45 am

$1,348! wow! i looked it up on an inflation adjustment calculator, and that fare would be over $10,000 today. but looking at the picture, it looks like the service was worth it.  Smile
 
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:42 am

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Pan AM map for 1950
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:46 am

In 10/55 PA had 12 flights a week from Rome to IDL-- two DC-6Bs via the Azores, three DC-6Bs via Paris-SNN-BOS, three all-first-class B377s via Paris, and four all-tourist DC-7Bs via Paris.
 
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:34 pm

Hello, everyone thanks for all your help, i dont know if this has anything to do with the flights, but he said it was very hot when he got here, would that make a difference with what aircraft they used in different seasons? Also could the flight have been direct, he said he doesnt remember making stops. Thanks again, Luciano
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RE: Pan Am What Aircraft In 1955

Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:53 am

If by "direct" you mean nonstop, then no, not in 1955. The DC-7Bs and B377s both scheduled a stop in Paris, and the B377s (at least) probably needed another stop on the westward flight.