The answer is that in the end, the only carrier that could ever have been considered as the 'semi-official' worldwide flag carrier of the United States was the venerable (original) Pan American. They were regarded by most to be the 'unofficial' official airline. But as most people point out, there should not be a single 'FLag Carrier' for the US. ALL the US airlines (IE any that carry the flag of the United States) could be regarded as the flag carriers, because they do just that. Just a thought.
Incidentally, I picked up a book a couple of days ago called 'Pan Am 103' about, yes you guessed it, Lockerbie. It's by the mother and father of one of the victims. If you get a chance to read it, do, as it's compulsive reading.... whether you agree with their sentiment or not. (ie who's side you're on - the victim's or the airline's) It certainly makes you think... it's left me wondering that's for sure, about who's lying about what to whom, and if there will ever be a truthful answer. It's very up to date, with reference to the trial in Holland of the two accused. I strongly recommend you read it, even if you come out disagreeing with the authors.
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