Our Mission: To preserve and promote the unique heritage of Pan American World Airways, Inc. and its incomparable contributions to the technology, convenience, safety and excitement of commercial aviation.
Initiated by a small group of former Pan Am employees, the Foundation addressed the threat that a comprehensive account of the company’s historic contributions to aviation could be lost through the dissolution of corporate records and artifacts in the aftermath of Pan Am’s ceasing operations in 1991. The Foundation’s newly formed board of directors successfully raised the needed funds and acquired such assets through the bankruptcy proceedings and subsequently placed them with appropriate organizations for professional stewardship. These repositories of the Pan Am legacy now include HistoryMiami; The SFO Museum; The Smithsonian Institution and the University of Miami, Otto G. Richter Library Special Collection.
From less than a dozen members at its beginnings, the Foundation’s general membership now exceeds 1,850 individuals – all dedicated to the goal of saving and sharing the Pan Am story for current and future generations. Both the entire general membership and the board of directors volunteer their services to this cause. In recent years the Foundation has furthered its mission by seeking partnership opportunities with other important organizations within the Pan Am family. Recent efforts have been jointly conducted with the Clipper Pioneers, World Wings International. The Pan Am Association – West Coast Chapter, and Pan Amigo. Ongoing Foundation projects include a Pan Am documentary film, the pursuit of a permanent museum development, and long-term strategies for sustaining and broadening membership.
For current information on the Foundation membership opportunities, and procedures for donating historical materials, please contact: