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More: Boeing 747SP-21
More: London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL)
More: UK - England, October 1985
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N533PA (cn 21025/273) 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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A visitor from - posted Thu November 6, 2014:
Love all the SP speciallly Iran Air dudes

A visitor from Mexico posted Fri August 29, 2014:
What a beautiful plane!

A visitor from - posted Tue July 22, 2014:
Dear God. What a hideous plane!

A visitor from - posted Tue June 17, 2014:
I so miss these days of air travel when it was an experience versus "cattle car skybus service".

A visitor from Australia posted Thu January 3, 2013:
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!

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 18, 2012:
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.

A visitor from - posted Sat February 25, 2012:
Pan Am! Miss it!

A visitor from - posted Sat February 25, 2012:
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.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue November 29, 2011:
All of us lost PAN AM very much.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue November 29, 2011:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 29, 2011:
Anyone else notice the 50 year sticker above the main door?

A visitor from United States posted Wed October 12, 2011:
The airline that revolutionized air travel like no other! Miss you Pan Am, hope you'll make a comeback one day.

A visitor from France posted Wed October 12, 2011:
Superb nostalgic shot!!

A visitor from - posted Mon August 29, 2011:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Sat August 6, 2011:
Brings back memories of flights from JFK to Jo'burg via Ilha da Sal. These planes look so powerful, even today.

A visitor from Sweden posted Fri May 13, 2011:
Beautiful picture, love Pan Am!

A visitor from - posted Fri February 4, 2011:
Boeing should do this with their 747-8

A visitor from United States posted Wed December 22, 2010:
They should had make the Airforce 1 out of this baby, then it would be truly one of a kind. 747-400 boring.

A visitor from Chile posted Tue November 9, 2010:
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!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue November 9, 2010:
Had never known that PANAM had sp.

A visitor from United States posted Wed May 26, 2010:
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

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed May 26, 2010:
A 747 on steroids!

A visitor from - posted Wed May 26, 2010:

A visitor from Singapore posted Wed May 26, 2010:
Woo-hoo, soooo retro this Pan Am livery and a 747-SP to boot!

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 21, 2010:
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.

A visitor from United States posted Thu April 22, 2010:
Great Pic!!!!!!!!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat August 8, 2009:
I wish i could have flown in this plane, R.I.P. 747SP

A visitor from Singapore posted Mon January 5, 2009:
Stunning Richard.....simply stunning. Thank you for sharing your collection with us!


A visitor from United States posted Fri March 7, 2008:
Just wish I could have taken it.

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 13, 2007:
Sweet,Rare indeed! I flew on this baby to Auckland from LAX. Never have seen a photo of one! Thanks.

A visitor from Norway posted Sat November 10, 2007:
Those were "The GOOD 'Ol Days!" Man! what a reminder!!

A visitor from United States posted Sat October 6, 2007:
Color and exposure are excellent, well composed subject, and no distractions.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat October 6, 2007:
Mini Boeing!!!
I love these little planes <3

A visitor from United States posted Fri October 5, 2007:
Great shot!!

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