Watching the Pan Am television show brought back fond memories of a special time when travel was prestigious and glamorous. I graduated valedictorian of Pan American Airways flight school on February 14th, 1970 in Miami, Florida. I was elated to be known as a Pan Am stewardess.
Pan Am was the airline that practically invented aviation. It pioneered air navigation and communications, and its list of "firsts" in the industry is awe-inspiring. Known as the "Queen of the Skies," it was the benchmark by which all other airlines were judged.
Hordes of Lindbergh's worshipful fans refused to clear the runway so that the airplane could land. Lindbergh, unsure of how much gas he had left, was climbing to leave the airport area when suddenly both engines went dead.