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The Jet Age

Jets were coming, the world knew. The huge and complicated piston engines powering 1950's airliners were nearing their limit of technical sophistication. But they still seemed a safe investment as the 1960's neared -- except to Pan Am's Juan Trippe.

 



With single-minded purpose, he convinced America's biggest aircraft manufacturing rivals, Douglas and Boeing, to radically push the envelope of commercial air travel. Almost exactly 31 years after Pan Am's first 90-mile flight to Havana, the first Boeing B-707 jet was on its way from New York to Paris. There was no going back, not for Pan American or for the rest of the world.

Stories

1958, First Jet Inaugural to Paris

A Vietnam Vet's Reminiscenses

Afghanistan Before the Deluge

Afghanistan Before the Russians by Robert Wallace Blake

Air Rights: The Pan Am Building

Concorde by Captain Paul Roitsch

Hebald Sculptures at the Worldport

Jet Age Arrives by George E. Burns

Pan Am Warms Up the Cold War

Photos of the Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebration at JFK

When the Beatles Arrived on Pan Am

The Worldport and The Jet Age

Worldport Remembered, 1960

 

Clipper Newsletters

Remembering: JFK...       

Save the Pan Am Worldport           

The Dive: Flight 115 runs out of control           

When the past was prologue: dawn of the Jet Age           

Media

6-1/2 Magic Hours: Video

A Plane Too Soon - Juan Trippe, JFK and the SST

Journey Into Springtime: Video

Photos of the Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebration at JFK

Saigon, 1960s

Pan Am Jet Age: Boeing 707

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