The Pan Am Podcast

Episode 6: Hijackings and the Dawn of Global Terrorism

September 24, 2021 Pan Am Museum Foundation Season 1 Episode 6
The Pan Am Podcast
Episode 6: Hijackings and the Dawn of Global Terrorism
Show Notes

In this episode we explore the coordinated terrorist hijackings of four passenger airliners all bound for New York on the same day on September 6, 1970.  The events were a watershed moment and aviation would never be the same again. 

The four planes involved were: a TWA Boeing 707,  a SwissAir DC-8, a El Al Boeing 707, and a Pan Am Boeing 747 named Clipper Fortune.  A fifth plane, a BOAC Vickers VC 10, was hijacked three days afterward. 

Later in the program we are joined by Pan Am Captain Paul Lachapelle. A 30-year Pan Am veteran who  joined the airline in 1955 flying the 707 and later 747SP. He retired from United Airlines in 1993.

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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. 

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