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Experience the legacy of the world’s most iconic airline, Pan American World Airways. Brought to you by the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, the Pan Am Podcast brings Pan Am’s 64-year history to life through engaging storytelling and insightful interviews from Pan Am employees, passengers, historians, authors, fashionistas, and aviation enthusiasts!

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Experience the legacy of the world’s most iconic airline, Pan American World Airways. Brought to you by the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, the Pan Am Podcast brings Pan Am’s 64-year history to life through engaging storytelling and insightful interviews from Pan Am employees, passengers, historians, authors, fashionistas, and aviation enthusiasts!

    Episode 5: Missiles, Hotels, and Rebranding an Icon

    Episode 5: Missiles, Hotels, and Rebranding an Icon

    In this episode we explore two of the subsidiaries of Pan Am:  the InterContinental Hotels Corporation and the Pan Am Guided Missiles Range Division. 
    Yep, you read that right, the airline company had its own hotel chain for about 30 years, and Pan Am did aerospace work for the U.S. government including the space program for almost 40 years. Why? Because the American government asked them to do both. 

    Later we are joined by Jennifer Coutts Clay, a leader in the aviation business in the field of aircraft interiors, corporate identity, and branding.  

    A pioneer for women in the airline industry, Jennifer joined Pan Am in 1986 as General Manager for Product Design and Development. In this capacity, she completed a three-year, $25-million fleet upgrade program, redesigning all major aspects of the Pan Am passenger service product.

    She is the author of “Jetliner Cabins,” a visually stunning book that offers a complete history of recent cabin design going back to the 1970s. It is the first and only comprehensive account of the aircraft cabin environment. The book contains black and white and color photographs of airline interiors from around the world, covering everything from the first-class luxury to economy class passenger experience.
    To purchase the book, please visit the Museum’s online store: https://www.thepanammuseum.org/product/jetliner-cabins-evolution-and-innovation-by-jennifer-coutts-clay/
    There’s also a robust e-book available at:  jetlinercabins.com. 
    The mission of the Pan Am Museum Foundation is “to educate, celebrate,and inspire present and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways.”

    Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. 
    That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as The World’s Most Experienced Airline.

    The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider becoming a museum member or making a donation so we can continue creating content like the Pan Am Podcast. 
    Visit our website: www.ThePanAmMuseum.org
    Support the show (https://www.thepanammuseum.org/support-us/)

    • 50 min
    Episode 4: Evacuation of Saigon, Wings of Freedom Mission

    Episode 4: Evacuation of Saigon, Wings of Freedom Mission

    In this special extended episode we are joined by Allan Topping, a Pan Am employee who evacuated almost 500 people out of Saigon days before the city fell. 

    On April 24, 1975, at the conclusion of the Vietnam War, with time running out as Saigon was surrounded by North Vietnamese troops, a Pan Am 747 jumbo jet carried 463 American and South Vietnamese civilians to safety and freedom. 

    At the center of this dangerous and desperate mission was Allan Topping. 

    Mr. Topping is the author of a book, “Wings of Freedom: A True Story,” about his incredible experience in Saigon. 
    To purchase the book, please visit the Museum’s online store: https://www.thepanammuseum.org/product/wings-of-freedom-a-true-story-by-allan-topping/
    In 1990, NBC made a movie out of Al’s story called Last Flight Out starring James Earl Jones, Richard Crenna, and Rosliand Chao. 
    Watch the full movie on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j-MekAoCBqY

    The mission of the Pan Am Museum Foundation is “to educate, celebrate,and inspire present and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways.”

    Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. 
    That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as The World’s Most Experienced Airline.

    The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider becoming a museum member or making a donation so we can continue creating content like the Pan Am Podcast. 
    Visit our website: www.ThePanAmMuseum.org
    Support the show (https://www.thepanammuseum.org/support-us/)

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 3: Flying Boats, Irish Coffee, and a Hollywood Star

    Episode 3: Flying Boats, Irish Coffee, and a Hollywood Star

    In this episode we explore Pan Am’s Boeing 314 Flying Boats. Then we are joined by Margaret O’Shaughnessy of our sister museum, the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum in Ireland.

    Check out their website: https://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/
    Margaret will tell us all about her museum which has the only full scale replica in the world, of a Pan American Boeing 314 called the Yankee Clipper. She will also tell  us about the origins of Irish coffee and its unique connection to Pan Am history along with a conversation about Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara and her storybook romance with Pan Am Captain Charlie Blair. 
    Foynes Irish Coffee Recipe: https://www.flyingboatmuseum.com/authentic-foynes-irish-coffee-recipe/

    The mission of the Pan Am Museum Foundation is “to educate, celebrate,and inspire present and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways.”

    Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. 
    That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as The World’s Most Experienced Airline.

    The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider becoming a museum member or making a donation so we can continue creating content like the Pan Am Podcast. 
    Visit our website: www.ThePanAmMuseum.org
    Support the show (https://www.thepanammuseum.org/support-us/)

    • 48 min
    Episode 2: The First Presidential Flight and the Last Pan Am Flight

    Episode 2: The First Presidential Flight and the Last Pan Am Flight

    In this episode we explore the first presidential flight. Then we are joined by Pan Am Captain John Marshall to share memories of the very last flight of Pan Am. 

    The mission of the Pan Am Museum Foundation is “to educate, celebrate,and inspire present and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways.”

    Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. 
    That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as The World’s Most Experienced Airline.

    The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider becoming a museum member or making a donation so we can continue creating content like the Pan Am Podcast. 
    Visit our website: www.ThePanAmMuseum.org
    Support the show (https://www.thepanammuseum.org/support-us/)

    • 34 min
    Episode 1: Welcome to the Pan Am Podcast and the Pan Am Museum

    Episode 1: Welcome to the Pan Am Podcast and the Pan Am Museum

    Opened to the public in 2016 in Garden City, Long Island, New York (outside of NYC), the Pan Am Museum presents the Pan Am Podcast! 

    The Museum’s mission is “to educate, celebrate, and inspire present and future generations by preserving historical and diverse personal stories of Pan American World Airways.”

    In this inaugural episode, Museum Director and Board Chair Linda Freire introduces the Pan Am Museum and talks about her career as a flight attendant, recruiter, and manager with Pan Am. 

    Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. 
    That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as The World’s Most Experienced Airline.

    The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider becoming a museum member or making a donation so we can continue creating content like the Pan Am Podcast. 
    Visit our website: www.ThePanAmMuseum.org
    Support the show (https://www.thepanammuseum.org/support-us/)

    • 42 min
    The Pan Am Podcast Trailer

    The Pan Am Podcast Trailer

    Welcome to The Pan Am Podcast, the podcast series from the Pan Am Museum Foundation. 

    Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. 
    That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as The World’s Most Experienced Airline.

    The Pan Am Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Please consider becoming a museum member or making a donation so we can continue creating content like the Pan Am Podcast. 
    Visit our website: www.ThePanAmMuseum.org
    Support the show (https://www.thepanammuseum.org/support-us/)

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

SteveintheDesert ,

Deep Dive into the Wonderful History of Pan Am

I eagerly await each new episode of this podcast, both for the memories of Pan Am they evoke, as well as the added insight into the company's fascinating history. There is so much about Pan Am awaiting to be discovered. This podcast reminds me what it *felt* like to work for and fly on this ground breaking airline. How I miss that feeling, but thank you all so much for putting this podcast together!

Mary ODoherty ,

Cylinder of coffee

I just listened to the first episode, which was well done. Loved the stories about the coffee pot and cylinder of coffee when the plane dropped and Rod Stewart’s sunglasses.

wiisabi ,

I’ve been waiting for this podcast.

As a current airline pilot, one of the things that keeps me going during this chaotic time in the industry is the rich history that I feel every day I do this job.

As an admitted “Panamaniac”, I cannot wait to visit the museum. I love aviation, history and the sixties. Pan Am embodies all three of those characteristics, and I love that the museum has decided to continue to grow the experience by launching a podcast. A well produced, immersive podcast at that.

A must listen for anyone who loves history, aviation and of course anything PanAm!

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