The Pan Am Podcast

Episode 16: Aviation Pioneers, Birth of an Airline, and Dodging the KGB

February 19, 2022 Pan Am Museum Foundation Season 1 Episode 16
The Pan Am Podcast
Episode 16: Aviation Pioneers, Birth of an Airline, and Dodging the KGB
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Show Notes

In this episode we explore the founding of Pan Am and the early years of the airline.

Juan T. Trippe is widely known as the principle founder of Pan Am and rightly so. However, the early history of Pan Am is very complex and at times quite confusing with multiple people and mergers involved. 

Then we are joined by George Hambleton, whose father John Hambleton was a co-founder of Pan Am and close friend and business partner of both Juan Trippe and Charles Lindbergh. 

 Like his father, George also worked for Pan Am, having been sent on special assignment by Juan Trippe to Moscow at the height of the Cold War in the 1960s. 

George talks about his celebrated father and share stories about his time working behind the iron curtain. 

Recently, the Pan Am Museum opened a new exhibit called the Pioneer’s Wall dedicated to those passionate visionaries who were instrumental in building the strong foundations of the airline that would become Pan American World Airways. 

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Pan Am was a pioneer in air travel, and still stands as one of the most iconic and innovative airlines in aviation history. That legacy lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York, where you can explore the rich history of the aircrafts and individuals at the heart of the company known as, The World’s Most Experienced Airline.

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