Airways Boeing 377 Stratocruiser N1025V
Ah, those were the
days! Pan American's first Boeing Stratocruiser ('Clipper
1949. Note one of the airline's Convairs in the
background. I believe the flag-
was trotted around to just about all of the airline's
stations, although I am not sure if they
were ever based in Miami.
The Stratocruisers were
clearly operated on the South American
routes, albeit out of
New York. In fact, on 29 April 1952 N1039V was lost on the leg
Rio de Janeiro to Port of Spain when it appears as if the No. 2 engine
separated from the wing.
The resultant loss of the 41 passengers and 9
crew represented one of the airline's worst disasters.
Seen below are sister
ships N1029V 'Clipper Golden Eagle'
(c/n 15929) and N1036V
(c/n 15936) following white top treatment in
1950. The large
became a Pan American
trademark then for years to come.