First Pan Am Flight With Pictures From June 1969


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Here’s a picture trip report from a flight onboard a Pan Am Boeing 707 from June of 1969.

Granted, I wasn’t born yet in 1969, but my mouth dropped when I saw these pictures from Grandma Weekly Flyer’s first international trip to Scotland and London.

Grandma Weekly Flyer had just graduated high school and signed up to take a trip across the Atlantic with some class mates including her twin sister.

Here’s Grandma Weekly Flyer with her Pan Am bag waiting to go to the airport.

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The flight would be a first international flight and the first with Pan Am on their Boeing 707.

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I’m pretty sure this is a Boeing 707 after comparing it to the picture below. What do you think, was I right?

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Their international gateway was Washington and they arrived in Scotland. I couldn’t track down the route or flight number so not exactly sure which route it was.

They toured Scotland seeing some pretty cool sites.

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Then they took a train down to London and visited the city for a few days.

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Bottom Line

A trip with Pan Am in the summer of 1969 with your sister and classmates is a pretty cool way to celebrate graduation from high school. Grandma Weekly flyer got to travel in a jet with Pan Am at the height of the jet set heyday in the 60s. I’m just glad I saw the photos and heard the story behind it.

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Did you ever get to take a flight on a Pan Am jet? What was it like and where did you go?

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Comments

  1. Never flew Pan Am, but I did fly Piedmont…. the real one. Does that count? 🙂 I was born a year after this. I’m not sure I should be this much older than you.

  2. I did not fly Pan Am but flew TWA from LHR to JFK in 1971 in 747. There were only 75 passengers and the capacity was about 300.

  3. Oh wow it really makes it look glorious. And it seemed like they still dressed up so nicely for a trip!

  4. Our dear friend, neighbor and travel buddy use to fly the 707 for PanAm in the 60’s and 70’s. He has some incredible stories that would make for an interesting blog post — especially the one about procuring caviar in Iran and bringing it back to NY only to have it slide off of a window sill where it was placed to keep it cold!

  5. Pan Am 001 and 002, flights that used to circumnavigate the globe. We did London to Istanbul, Istanbul to Karachi, and Istanbul to Beirut back in the early seventies when I was a kid and living all over the world because of my dad’s job. It was a 747.

  6. I too remember Pan Am 01 an 02 the around the world flights– did them many times in 1st class — they were wonderful , something like SQ is now — they served Iranian caviar with all the condiments back then My first trip was also in 1969-70 –still have playing cards and other trinkets from Pan Am– like the song says –“Those were the days my friend …..”

    It was also the time when many airlines tried to out do each other to attract passengers

    F.F. gave you a coupon in the mail for a flight and attached to it was a car rental and hotel voucher — to get credit for a flight had to fill on a paper form that got attached to you ticket

  7. Memories. i started commuting across the Atlantic in 1972 on a BOAC 707. Now I commute from Connecticut to Mississippi on a Delta MD88.

    This is getting old, but then so am I. 68 candles on the cake next time.

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