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The Pan AM Era

This is an hour long history of Pan American Airlines, also the bookends of an American era…It is particularly poignant to me because in 1941 my parents met on Miami Beach when my father was the youngest pilot flying for Pan Am (at 20 yrs of age, his chief pilot said “just don’t tell anyone how old you are” ) working out of the Dinner key Marina shown in the film, and my mother was a 24 yr old widow working as a Pan Am dispatcher, driving a Robins egg Blue Duesenburg convertible (an older one, a ’32 later stolen) and dating an Argentinian formula one race car driver, going to the Jai Lai games and dog and horse races…..and taking flying lessons herself…after the war, my father started his own aviation business….

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