• Filename: skygods.
  • ISBN: 1888962119
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 286
  • Author: Robert Gandt
  • Publisher:

In 1966, Pan American Airways reached the zenith of its wealth & influence. Its pilots were lords of the sky; Skygods. Under aviation pioneer Juan Trippe's autocratic control, Pan Am bought jet airliners before its competitors & made record profits. It was the first U.S. airline to order the supersonic transport; it accepted reservations for the first service to the Moon. Then Pan American Airways fell to earth. In Skygods, Robert Gandt, a Pan Am pilot for 26 years, gives an inside account of the great airline's unprecedented demise. He interviewed hundreds of former Pan Am airmen & executives. He reveals how Pan Am's captains, in Navy-style uniforms, once commanded their ships like petty tyrants. They were the best & brightest in airline industry, but there were disturbing stories of captains who allowed stewardesses to land their aircraft, flew them at the wrong altitude & in the wrong direction & who tragically disappeared, often without a trace. All was not well either in the Pan Am Building, the massive landmark in New York where a succession of impulsive & short-sighted CEOs combined to preside over the demise of a great airline. Pan An bought a domestic airline it did not need; bought aircraft it did not need & operated half-empty planes on low-density routes. It sold the entire Pacific network for a bargain price & sold precious assets to meet its payrolls. And then came the Lockerbie tragedy. This is a fascinating account of what can go wrong with a pillar of strength of the U.S. industry, when its leaders lose their sense of direction & when their star employees-the Skygods-discover that they are mere mortals.

The Pan Am Journey

  • Filename: the-pan-am-journey.
  • ISBN: 9781465323989
  • Release Date: 2005-03-14
  • Number of pages: 177
  • Author: Thomas Kewin
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

The author started his aviation journey on March 11, 1943 when Pan American airways hired him as an apprentice Flight Engineer. From the China Clipper to the Jumbo 747 it was a wonderful forty-year trip. I hope you will find some of the stories interesting and enlightening. To the thousands of former Pan American employees the memories of those “glory years” lingers on. I hope my accounts of the airplanes, the people, the places, and the airline will brighten those recollections.

Pan American World Airways

  • Filename: pan-american-world-airways.
  • ISBN: 1604520469
  • Release Date: 2011-07-01
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: James Patrick Baldwin
  • Publisher: Bluewaterpress LLC

..".a carefully constructed timeline of Pan Am's incredible record of fi rsts and aviation achievements... chock full of rare and nostalgic collector's memorabilia... a veritable time capsule into which any reader may be gently transported...back to a time when fl ying was gracious, glamorous and eagerly anticipated by passengers and crew alike!" - Susanne (Strickland) Malm, Flight Attendant, JFK, 1968-1978"With Pan American World Airways - Images of a Great Airline, author Jamie Baldwin has given us a treasure trove of Pan Am lore. Here is something for everyone - a concise history of the pioneering airline, a rich potpourri of Pan Am memorabilia, and, best of all, a nostalgic journey back to an age when the mighty Pan American ruled the skies." - Robert Gandt, Pan Am pilot 1965-1991, author of Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am and China Clipper..".a fine chronology of Pan Am's pioneering history, with wonderful pictures to match - valuable to student or aviation afi cionado alike, and browsing will bring back fond memories for employees or passengers, of air travel Pan Am style..." -Pete Runnette, President, Pan Am Historical Foundation "An interesting presentation of Pan Am's colorful history and the leadership role it played in the development of international air transportation."- Charlie Trippe"No history of international aviation can be complete without including the amazing story of Pan American Airways. Pan Am was without doubt the industry's leader for several decades; more than just another airline. Jamie Baldwin's fascinating collection of photographs and chronology captures the story of Pan Am brilliantly, from the early days, thru the glory years to the sad end. It is a story well worth telling." - Barry Humphreys, Chairman, British Air Transport Association and previously a Director of Virgin Atlantic Airways


  • Filename: 747.
  • ISBN: 9780062011527
  • Release Date: 2010-08-03
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Joe Sutter
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies"—the Boeing 747—as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the twentieth century, who spearheaded its design and construction. Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge and jet travel was still glamorous and new. With wit and warmth, he gives an insider's sense of the larger than life-size personalities—and the tensions—in the aeronautical world.

Good to Great to Gone

  • Filename: good-to-great-to-gone.
  • ISBN: 9781938120251
  • Release Date: 2012-10-23
  • Number of pages: 386
  • Author: Alan Wurtzel
  • Publisher: Diversion Books

How did Circuit City go from a Mom and Pop store with a mere $13,000 investment, to the best performing Fortune 500 Company for any 15-year period between 1965 and 1995, to bankruptcy and liquidation in 2009? What must leaders do not only to take a business from good to great, but to avoid plummeting from great to gone in a constantly evolving marketplace? Alan Wurtzel, son of Circuit City founder Sam Wurtzel, took over as CEO in 1972 and implemented a successful long term strategy that simplified the company by unloading unsuccessful acquisitions, expanded the few winning divisions, and preserved the distinct employee culture his father created, positioning the company for unprecedented success. For almost 50 years, Circuit City was able to successfully navigate the constant changes in the consumer electronics marketplace and meet consumer demand and taste preferences. But with the subsequent decline and ultimate demise of Circuit City in 2009, Wurtzel had the rare perspective of a former company insider in the role of an outsider looking in. Believing that there is no singular formula for strategy, Wurtzel emphasizes the “Habits of Mind” that influence critical management decisions. With key takeaways at the end of each chapter, Wurtzel offers advice and guidance to ensure any business stays on track, even in the wake of disruption, a changing consumer landscape, and new competitors. Part social history, part cautionary tale, and part business strategy guide, GOOD TO GREAT TO GONE: THE 60 YEAR RISE AND FALL OF CIRCUIT CITY features a memorable story with critical leadership lessons.

Pan American World Airways

  • Filename: pan-american-world-airways.
  • ISBN: 9781467113601
  • Release Date: 2015-04-06
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Author: Laura J. Hoffman with retired Pan Am Captain Duyane A. Hoffman
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

In 1927, American entrepreneur Juan T. Trippe founded what would later become Pan American World Airways, one of the world's most prominent airlines of the 20th century. From the very first airmail flight flown from Key West to Cuba, Trippe provided leadership and innovation that put Pan Am at the top of the commercial airline industry. His global pioneering spirit expanded the world's reach for the masses while at the same time provided the most glamorous of air-travel experiences. The rise and fall of an American empire is examined in this full-color postcard history of Pan Am.

Splash of Colors

  • Filename: splash-of-colors.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015009840987
  • Release Date: 1984
  • Number of pages: 426
  • Author: John J. Nance
  • Publisher: William Morrow

Traces the history of the Braniff airline and discusses how the mismanagement of the company resulted in its bankruptcy

Glory Lost and Found

  • Filename: glory-lost-and-found.
  • ISBN: 0996990100
  • Release Date: 1915-12-15
  • Number of pages: 454
  • Author: Seth Kaplan
  • Publisher:

"When the history book is written on the restructuring of this industry, Delta will be the greatest turnaround story in it." --Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein, December 19, 2006 Its reputation was now as tattered as the interiors of its airplanes. Delta Air Lines, on September 14, 2005, was nothing like the world-beating company it had been just five years earlier, let alone decades before that. On this day, Delta found itself surrounded by lawyers, dejectedly filing for bankruptcy. Few believed it could ever reclaim its perch atop the US airline industry. But it did. Glory Lost and Found: How Delta Climbed from Despair to Dominance in the Post-9/11 Era tells the story of Delta's dramatic tumble into bankruptcy and how it climbed its way back to pre-eminence despite hurricane-force headwinds: high fuel prices, a hostile takeover bid, relentless competition, economic meltdowns and geopolitical shocks. This book stems from a decade of research and countless interviews by Airline Weekly's Seth Kaplan and Jay Shabat. It's a profile in leadership: Delta became not only the greatest turnaround story in its own industry but also one of the greatest in the history of corporate America. Delta did the unimaginable by simultaneously resurrecting its finances and the spirits of its employees and customers. And while redefining itself, Delta also redefined an industry.

Empire of the Air

  • Filename: empire-of-the-air.
  • ISBN: 9780674727328
  • Release Date: 2013-11-01
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Jenifer Van Vleck
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

Jenifer Van Vleck's fascinating history reveals the central role commercial aviation played in the United States' ascent to global preeminence in the twentieth century. As U.S. military and economic influence grew, the federal government partnered with the aviation industry to deliver American power across the globe and to sell the idea of the "American Century" to the public at home and abroad. The airplane promised to extend the frontiers of the United States "to infinity," as Pan American World Airways president Juan Trippe said. As it accelerated the global circulation of U.S. capital, consumer goods, technologies, weapons, popular culture, and expertise, few places remained distant from Wall Street and Washington. Aviation promised to secure a new type of empire--an empire of the air instead of the land, which emphasized access to markets rather than the conquest of territory and made the entire world America's sphere of influence. By the late 1960s, however, foreign airlines and governments were challenging America's control of global airways, and the domestic aviation industry hit turbulent times. Just as the history of commercial aviation helps to explain the ascendance of American power, its subsequent challenges reflect the limits and contradictions of the American Century.


  • Filename: airlines.
  • ISBN: 9781483565170
  • Release Date: 2015-10-01
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Christopher H. Sterling
  • Publisher: BookBaby

R.E.G. Davies worked in the commercial aviation industry from 1948 to 1981 and then moved into the academic world of air transport history as Lindbergh Professor of Air Transport History at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. After holding this post for 2 years he was appointed Curator of the Aeronautical Department at that same museum, where he developed and maintained the air transport archive, curated exhibits, gave lectures, and in his final decade, completed his last book "Airlines of The Jet Age: A History". He retired in 2011, returned to his native country, England, and died in July 2011. Ron Davies, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, was a market research analyst for various aviation companies for thirty years, compiling challenging reports and creating innovative ways of forecasting with his own style of maps and charts, before joining the National Air and Space Museum's Aeronautical Department at the age of 60. Throughout his professional career he also wrote 25 books on airlines and their history, including textbook histories such as "The History of the World's Airlines" and "Airlines of the USA", a pictorial series of airlines and their aircraft covering airlines such as Pan American, TWA, Delta, Aeroflot, British Airways, and Lufthansa, and associated subjects such as "Rebels and Reformers of the Airways". He co-authored books on the Berlin Airlift and Howard Hughes. Not only was he a prodigious author in his field, he amassed valuable collections of airline information in dossiers which are now housed in the Smithsonian archives and collected a huge number of airline timetables while travelling the world (to over 120 countries) which he donated to the National Air and Space Museum. He lectured widely and wrote regular articles for journals such as "Airways". This celebratory volume hopes to cover Ron Davies's wide and varied, while focussed and intense, life and career and the central part of the book is therefore a collection of pieces by Ron himself - reports, articles, lectures. A Foreword by NASM curator Peter Jakab opens the book and describes what the editors have attempted to achieve in this collation, and the book finishes with personal remembrances from friends and colleagues. The book includes a biographical article adapted from an original by author Valerie Lester that outlines his life as well as his career, from his British Army days to his final airline history. Enhancing this eclectic volume, there are four original articles on different aspects of air transport, also by friends and colleagues of Ron Davies, on subjects that would have been dear to Ron's heart. Altogether, this book does not purport to be anything other than a tribute to a great historian, an author of singular talents, not least his inimitable hand-drawn maps which illustrate every book he wrote. A polymath world-traveller with geographical, historical, and photographic interests, a member of three British Royal Societies, the Cosmos and Explorers Clubs in Washington D.C., and other societies around the world, Ron Davies was nevertheless utterly focussed on his work as a recorder of air transport history and it is as an airline historian he will be remembered. This book hopes to do justice to his life and work.

Aviation in Florida

  • Filename: aviation-in-florida.
  • ISBN: 9781561642816
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 181
  • Author: Kevin M. McCarthy
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc

Florida--land of perpetual sunshine, open spaces, and endless blue skies perfect for flying. Blimps, hot air balloons, bi-wings, jets, space shuttles-you name it: if you can fly it, you can fly it here, and many aviators have. From the launch of Amelia Earhart's final flight to the world's first scheduled airplane flight, important events in aviation have taken place in Florida. Filled with gorgeous color paintings by artist William Trotter, this book offers the definitive history of aviation in Florida-from the open-cockpit bi-wing planes used by the barnstormers of the 1920s to the jumbo jets and space shuttles of today.

Our Final Chapter

  • Filename: our-final-chapter.
  • ISBN: 9781456822019
  • Release Date: 2010-12-08
  • Number of pages: 78
  • Author: Rev. Dr. Miriam Lopez
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

On December 4, 1991 one of the most famous airlines in aviation history ceased operation. The famous blue and white logo was grounded. After pioneering most of the worlds air routes that are in use today, and introducing the travelling public to a variety of new aircraft, as well as introducing the world to the jet age, the "worlds most experienced airline" succumbed to the financial and regulatory pressures of the airline industry in this new age. The following stories will recount some of the many experiences these employees faced in adjusting to life without Pan Am. To this day, the public cannot understand how these thousands of employees remain as close as family wherever they are in the world On the following pages, many of the terrible predicaments that these employees faced will be recounted. Some are humorous some are sad and many show the resilience of the Pan Am family when faced with a crisis.

Commercial Aviation Safety 5 E

  • Filename: commercial-aviation-safety-5-e.
  • ISBN: 9780071763059
  • Release Date: 2011-08-09
  • Number of pages: 382
  • Author: Clarence Rodrigues
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

A Complete, Fully Updated Guide to COMMERCIAL AVIATION SAFETY Presenting the latest procedures and standards from U.S. and international air traffic and regulatory agencies, this extensively revised resource covers the entire commercial aviation safety system--from human factors to accident investigation. The introduction of Safety Management Systems (SMS) principles by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is discussed in detail. Commercial Aviation Safety, Fifth Edition delivers authoritative information on today's security concerns on the ground and in the air, changes in systems and regulations, new maintenance and flight technologies, and recent accident statistics. This is the most comprehensive, current, and systematic reference on the principles and practices of commercial aviation safety and security. COVERAGE INCLUDES: Regulatory information on ICAO, FAA, EPA, TSA, and OSHA NTSB and ICAO accident investigation processes Recording and reporting of safety data U.S. and international aviation accident statistics Accident causation models The Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) Aircraft and air traffic control technologies and safety systems Airport safety, including runway incursions Aviation security, including the 9-11 Commission recommendations International and U.S. Airline Safety Management Systems Aviation Safety Management Systems

Realizing the Dream of Flight

  • Filename: realizing-the-dream-of-flight.
  • ISBN: 0160831512
  • Release Date: 2005-12-31
  • Number of pages: 326
  • Author: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Publisher: Government Printing Office

These essays in celebration of the Wright brothers' first flight 100 years ago grew out of presentations by a group of prominent scholars in 2003 at a conference sponsored by the NASA History Division and held at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The volume focuses on the careers of some of the many men and women who helped to realize the dream of flight both through the atmosphere and beyond. These accounts are original and compelling because they examine the history of flight through the lens of biography.

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