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Pan American Airways Early Days and the B-314 Yankee Clipper

March 15, 2017 @ 18:00 - 20:00

Pan American Airways, later Pan American World Airways was founded on October 27, 1927 and started international service as America’s first international airline by flying air mail between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba flying a Fokker F-7 trimotor.  Pan Am grew to serve most major Latin American cities by the early 1930’s.  In 1935, the airline started trans-Pacific service to Manila via Hawaii, Midway Island, Wake Island and Guam flying the Martin 130 “China Clipper” flying boat.  In 1939 Pan Am initiated Trans- Atlantic service with the Boeing 314 “Yankee Clipper.”   During World War II, President Roosevelt flew to Africa on a B-314 to meet with Stalin & Churchill.  Mr. Cusack will review these early Pam Am years and the aircraft flown around the world.

The Pan Am Historical Foundation was created in 1992 to preserve the historic archives and memorabilia of the company and to perpetuate the legacy of Pan Am’s important contributions to aviation and aviation history.   The Pan Am Museum Foundation was founded in 2015.

Kelly Cusack started his association with Pan American Airways in 1980 as a summer hire while attending college.  He worked in Passenger Services at New York’s JFK Airport and, over the next ten years, worked in Ramp Operations, Reservations, and the WorldPass Frequent Flyer Department.  He is especially proud to have been associated with the launch of both the Pan Am Shuttle and the Pan Am WorldPass Program.  When Pan Am ceased operations in 1991, Kelly was the youngest employee to have been promoted to Reservations Manager in the Pan Am Building
He has an inexhaustible knowledge of Pan Am’s history, and an exquisite collection of Pan Am artifacts, which now numbers over twelve thousand pieces.  Many of these items can be seen on his website: everythingpanam.com.  He is spearheading the Pan Am Foundation’s own efforts to establish and display its collection.

Speaker: Kelly Cusack – Director of Acquisitions and Curation – Pan Am Museum Foundation



RSVP BY March 14, 2017

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Directions:  Meadowbrook Parkway to exit M4, follow signs to Museum Row which will put you on Charles Lindbergh Blvd.  Stay on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. to the second traffic light and turn right into the Cradle’s parking lot.


March 15, 2017
18:00 - 20:00
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IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society


Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, NY 11530
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