[FPSPACE] Pam Am flights to the Moon

David R. Woods drwoods at stny.rr.com
Wed Sep 3 10:25:30 EDT 2014


Even though it is spelled that way in the article, the airline name was 
"Pan Am", short for Pan American Airways, not "Pam".  I think its origin 
was that because it was so dominate in its early years, it would become 
the world-wide (pan) American airline.  It was thelargest international 
airline<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airline> in the United States from 
1927 until it died in bankruptcy in 1991. The first jet I flew on was a 
Pan Am 707 from JFK to Bermuda.  Pan Am flew its clipper flying boats 
around the world, got the first 707's, the first 747's, etc.  And do you 
remember the name on the spacecraft flying up to the space station in 
the movie 2001?  Bad management decisions, and some ruthless competition 
slowly shut it out of some of the more lucrative routes.  I remember 
seeing a cargo version coming in one day, and thinking what a sad end to 
such a magnificent airline.  I have often thought that it would be great 
for someone to purchase the name rights and apply it to a giant 
successful merger so that the Pan Am name could live on.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	[FPSPACE] Pam Am flights to the Moon
Date: 	Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:23:23 +0200
From: 	Keith Gottschalk <kgottschalk at uwc.ac.za>
To: 	Friends & Partners FPSPACE <fpspace at friends-partners.org>

      The wikipedia entry on Pam Am claims:
"In August 1964 Pan Am accepted the reservation of Gerhart Pistor, 
journalist from Vienna, Austria, as the No. 1 for future flights to the 
moon. He paid a deposit of 20 US $. About 93.000 people followed on the 
Pan Am waiting list, called "First Moon Flights Club". Pan Am expected 
the flight to depart about the year 2000."
      This is over one million dollars in deposits. Did that vanish into 
Pam Am's bankruptcy proceedings? Or did the disillusioned wannabe space 
passengers ever get their deposits refunded?
    Did Pan Am ever formally abandon its hopes of Moon flights before 
going out of business?
- Keith

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