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Old 03-03-2021, 03:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My wife and I have mutual friends who worked with both 'companies', but not simultaneously - these were grand times. PanAm history looms large with me, Doug

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How could I not? Doug
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David - I married a German gal who was and is the the luckiest bet I ever placed. Before we were married we hung with a friend of hers and his wife in the Borough of Queens. They were both Germans, and the husband was a maintenance supervisor at JFK. He was naturalized by way of his service in the U.S. Marines. He had a clock from the dash panel of a DC-8 that was the coolest thing I ever saw, but he never offered it... He had stories, and the one I remember is the one about the graveyard shift that handled refurbishment of interiors - according to him, the guys would report, then recline into the seats they were to repair, pull up a blanket, and sleep until the day shift reported. PanAm died a sad death... Outta here, Doug
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This is a great story!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
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Just re-read that CNN Travel story on PanAm, and it's not really a very good read, and besides, the featured PanAm stew really wasn't that great on looks - she must have had a great personality... Later, Doug
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.... My aunt Marion began working for Pan American shortly after World War II. She began as a stewardess and later became a purser. She traveled the world and loved it. She also met many celebrities... Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ronald Reagan and the Coasters were her favorites. It was her dream job and as the saying goes, "If you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life." As kids we always eagerly awaited the all too infrequent visits by our glamorous, globe-trotting aunt.
.... By the early 1960s her life came crashing down on her. Pan Am deemed her "too old" and she was taken off flight duty and given a job she was guaranteed to hate. Gone was the travel and the status. She became a very bitter woman and quit (possibly what the airline wanted for senior employees like her). Pan American and Pan Am never were uttered by her ever again. As we know, if an business did that to an employee they'd find themselves loosing in court.
..... Not all stories have happy endings. I'm sure my aunt was not alone.
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PanAm died a grotesque and ugly death. I have mentioned some personal unpleasant experiences here, but also some truly professional ones, including a ride on a PanAm A310 out of Hamburg that experienced an uncontained engine failure at V1 (right, Dylan?). The pilot was an older, portly fella (not unlike myself) who knew what he was doing, got us safely back down at HAM in ten minutes. My PanAm experiences cover the full gamut. RIP, Doug
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Pan Am was the first airline I've flown on. The flights were on 707-320B's. The one's that I can remember was in Jan'73 Travis Air Force Base-Honolulu-Guam-Kadena Air Force Base Okinawa. The return back to the States was in Jan'75 Kadena-Iwakuni Japan-Yokota Air Force Base outside of Tokyo-SFO-Norton Air Force Base, now known has San Bernardino International Airport.
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So, Michael, doing the math, you were born in 1963, and you were 10 years old when you flew this PanAm itinerary - sounds like maybe connections between military bases, but I doubt you were in uniform at the time? Good on ya for keeping an accurate flight log, wish I had, Doug
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Pan Am was the first airline I've flown on. The flights were on 707-320B's. The one's that I can remember was in Jan'73 Travis Air Force Base-Honolulu-Guam-Kadena Air Force Base Okinawa. The return back to the States was in Jan'75 Kadena-Iwakuni Japan-Yokota Air Force Base outside of Tokyo-SFO-Norton Air Force Base, now known has San Bernardino International Airport.
Envious you flew on a Pan Am 707. Impressed you wrote down your itinerary. REALLY impressed if that is by memory.
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[QUOTE=doug seeley;2819692]So, Michael, doing the math, you were born in 1963, and you were 10 years old when you flew this PanAm itinerary - sounds like maybe connections between military bases, but I doubt you were in uniform at the time? Good on ya for keeping an accurate flight log, wish I had, Doug[/QUO
Born in 62, and it was a military charter, my dad was in the Navy. I remember the stewardess's wearing their bowler hats.
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Envious you flew on a Pan Am 707. Impressed you wrote down your itinerary. REALLY impressed if that is by memory.
I was born at Balboa Naval Hospital which is under the flight path to San Diego International Airport, explains why I like airliners. Lol!
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I was born at Balboa Naval Hospital which is under the flight path to San Diego International Airport, explains why I like airliners. Lol!
You were imprinted from the git-go. That 'splains it, Doug
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