PAN Am's JET AGE
Photos: Jets were coming, the world knew. The huge and complicated piston engines powering 1950's airliners were nearing their limit of technical sophistication. But they still seemed a safe investment as the 1960's neared -- except to Pan Am's Juan Trippe. With single-minded purpose, he convinced America's biggest aircraft manufacturing rivals, Douglas and Boeing, to radically push the envelope of commercial air travel. Almost exactly 31 years after Pan Am's first 90-mile flight to Havana, the first Boeing B-707 jet was on its way from New York to Paris. There was no going back, not for Pan American or for the rest of the world.
Aerial view of the rooftop of the Pan Am Building and heliport in New York City
Pan Am Guided Missile Range Division: Titan rocket on launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center
Pan Am Boeing 707 Jet Clipper Ad Illustration
Pan Am President Juan Tripp and Mamie Eisenhower christening the first Boeing 707, October, 1958Pan Am stewardesses on the tarmac in Beirut, Lebanon, 1974Aerial view of the rooftop of the Pan Am Building and heliport in New York CityPan Am Guided Missile Range Division: Titan rocket on launchpad at the Kennedy Space CenterPan Am flight attendants serving passengers on a Boeing 707, jet clipperAmerican soldiers arriving in Saigon, Vietnam on a Pan Am Douglas DC6Christening celebration of the Boeing 707, Juan Trippe and Betty Trippe with First Lady Mamie EisenhowerStewardess and Crew in Pan Am Boeing 707 Jet Clipper in advertisment illustration