As we say goodbye and bid farewell to Continental Airlines, I think it is fitting that we remember another Grand Lady who is no longer with us...
Twenty years ago today, on Dec 4th, 1991, the world said goodbye to a true legacy carrier and an icon in the airline industry. Twenty years ago today, Pan American World Airways went out of business after a long financial battle. Pan Am had several distinctions in its long career including being the launch customer, and a key player in the design of the Boeing 747, and being the only airline in history to operate the DC-10 and the L-1011 at the same time (Pan Am already operated the L-1011, but acquired the DC-10 after the National merger).
Here are a couple of YouTube vids:
"Worlds Best Pan Am 747 Video":
"Last Pan Am Departure Form "KJFK":
"Last Pan Am Departure Form KMIA":
"Jumbo 747 PAN AM 1970-1991":