Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
  • Richard Vandervord
    Pan American World Airways - Pan Am
    Boeing 747SP-21
    Boeing 747SP
    Boeing 747SP
    Boeing
    21025
    273
    N533PA
    London - Heathrow
    England
    United Kingdom
    October 1985
  • 537

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October 01, 2007
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The best a Pan Am SP ever looked - quite a rare shot in the billboard scheme. D/d 5.3.76; to United as N143UA 3.86 and broken up for spares at Ardmore, OK, 3.96
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Comments (36)

Anonymous
8 years ago
Great shot!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Mini Boeing!!!
I love these little planes <3
Anonymous
8 years ago
Color and exposure are excellent, well composed subject, and no distractions.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Those were "The GOOD 'Ol Days!" Man! what a reminder!!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Sweet,Rare indeed! I flew on this baby to Auckland from LAX. Never have seen a photo of one! Thanks.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Just wish I could have taken it.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Stunning Richard.....simply stunning. Thank you for sharing your collection with us!

Andrew
Singapore
Anonymous
6 years ago
I wish i could have flown in this plane, R.I.P. 747SP
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great Pic!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great Image--I flew on several of these on trips from JFK to Dharan, Saudi Arabia in the early 80's! Really just a flying fuel tank with passengers.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Woo-hoo, soooo retro this Pan Am livery and a 747-SP to boot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great!!
Anonymous
6 years ago
A 747 on steroids!
Anonymous
6 years ago
This picture is beautiful and sad. Somehow, losing Pan Am makes the airline industry seem less whole. I compare it to the US after President Kennedy was lost. The industry was better with her than without her.
A loyal AAer
Anonymous
5 years ago
Had never known that PANAM had sp.
Anonymous
5 years ago
As with the whole 747-Program it wouldn't be for the 747SP without Pan Am due to the fact that it was developed upon a request by Pan Am (later also supported by Iran Air).
Great shot by the way!
Anonymous
5 years ago
They should had make the Airforce 1 out of this baby, then it would be truly one of a kind. 747-400 boring.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Boeing should do this with their 747-8
Anonymous
5 years ago
Beautiful picture, love Pan Am!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Brings back memories of flights from JFK to Jo'burg via Ilha da Sal. These planes look so powerful, even today.
Anonymous
4 years ago
LOT of differences between the SPs and other 74s. Flap track fairings and many more that the eye doesn't see. I wonder if this was the aircraft that United set a round the world speed record with in '89 or '90 I believe. I think they were surpassed during the same week by a Gulfstream G-IV. The 747 beats the Concorde around the world.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Superb nostalgic shot!!
Anonymous
4 years ago
The airline that revolutionized air travel like no other! Miss you Pan Am, hope you'll make a comeback one day.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Anyone else notice the 50 year sticker above the main door?
Anonymous
4 years ago
What a high quality scan this is!. Its also an excellent photograph generally, and that particular aircraft "Clipper Young America" makes it even more special.
Anonymous
4 years ago
All of us lost PAN AM very much.
Anonymous
4 years ago
This shot really shows the difference in fuselage length between the SP and later extended (especially the new freighter) versions. Would love to see them side by side. The SP looks kind of silly in comparison.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Pan Am! Miss it!
Anonymous
3 years ago
This shot really shows the difference in fuselage length between the SP and later extended (especially the new freighter) versions. Would love to see them side by side. The SP looks kind of silly in comparison.
Anonymous
3 years ago
A simplified flap system meant different fairings and lower weight. Also light weight brake assemblies and taller tail fin (shorter moment arm). Qantas used two Rolls Royce RB211 powered SP's on the non-stop SYD - LAX route. Occasionally we would see cracked brake rotors due to 13 hours at 40,000ft super-cooling them and then the rapid heating upon landing. The Qantas SP's were highly sought after when sold as they had very few cycles thanks to the route they flew. The SP's really were something special, super cruiser and sports car all in one. Thanks Boeing!
Anonymous
2 years ago
I so miss these days of air travel when it was an experience versus "cattle car skybus service".
Anonymous
2 years ago
Dear God. What a hideous plane!
Anonymous
1 year ago
What a beautiful plane!
Anonymous
1 year ago
Love all the SP speciallly Iran Air dudes
Anonymous
6 months ago
The good old Pan Am in the 1980`s with their then "new" color scheme....Looking good, baby!
Anonymous
1 month ago
Flew as cabin crew on the SP and is still my favourite Jumbo, she was fast, smooth and comfortable