The Pan Am Podcast

Episode 31: The Last CEO and the Last Clipper

December 16, 2022 Pan Am Museum Foundation Season 2 Episode 31
The Pan Am Podcast
Episode 31: The Last CEO and the Last Clipper
Show Notes

In this episode we will be recognizing the 31st anniversary of Pan American World Airways ceasing operations and explore the lead up to and the tumultuous year of 1991 which ended with the shutdown of Pan Am.

For the first interview, we are joined by the last CEO and Chairman of Pan Am, Russell L. Ray, Jr., and talk about his unpredictable and short time as the last leader of the airline. Mr. Ray has held senior positions with British Aerospace Inc., McDonnell Douglas, Pacific Southwest Airlines, Eastern Airlines and the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. 

For the second interview, we are joined by  the "Last Clipper" Captain Mark S. Pyle, who made history as the last pilot to fly a revenue flight of Pan Am from Barbados to Miami.  Captain Pyle then flew for United Airlines from 1992 to 2005.  After hanging up his wings, he fulfilled a boyhood dream and became a police officer in 2007 and retired in 2012. 

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