Today is the 95th Anniversary of the founding of the greatest name in aviation, Pan American World Airways. The first Pan Am flight was from Key West to Havana.
We discuss Pan Am’s history also discuss President Franklin Roosevelt becoming the first US President to take a plane flight, flying overseas to the wartime Casablanca Conference with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. FDR flew from Miami’s Dinner Key Airport, which was then the world’s busiest international airport. This historic flight in January 1943 came weeks after the successful Operation Torch landings in North Africa under the direction of General Eisenhower.
We’ve chronicled the history of Pan American World Airways post 1970 in Florida previously at this site as well as reviewed Robert Gandt’s masterful story of the fall of Pan Am, Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am.
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