PAN AM's TAKE-OFF
Photos: It was the height of the "Roaring 20's" and the promise of aviation ignited the imaginations of people around the world. Pan American Airways was born in the Fall of 1927 in a whirlwind of corporate horse trading and a scramble to meet a Post Office deadline: Fly the mail from Key West to Havana by October 19th, or forfeit the Foreign AirMail contract. Thanks to a last minute and very fortuitous charter, the deed was accomplished, the 250 pounds of mail delivered, and an unparalleled adventure in commercial aviation began - one that would last over six decades.
Pan Am Early Ad for Flights to CubaCubana Airlines Ford TriMotor at Havana Airport, 1930, the early days of Pan AmPan Am Fokker F-10 TriMotor Loading Passengers in Havana, 1929Pan Am Fokker F-10 TriMotor Interior, 1930Pan Am President Juan Trippe Speaks with Cuban President Machado, beside Fokker TriMotorCharles Lindbergh Pilots Sikorsky S-38 at Miami, 1930sPan Am's Charles Lindbergh Pilots Fokker F-7 TriMotor at Key West, FloridaPan Am Pilot Basil Rowe with Fokker, F-10 TriMotor and fellow employeesPan Am's Meacham Field, Key West, Florida, in 1927