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In 1964, Gerhard Pistor, an Austrian journalist, went to a travel agency in Vienna and requested a flight to the Moon. The agency forwarded his request to Pan American Airways (Pan Am) which accepted the reservation and replied that the first flight was expected to depart in the year 2000. Pan Am public relations personnel began a waiting list of others eager to travel to the Moon, and actively promoted it after the success of the Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 missions. Pan Am issued 93,000 "First Moon Flights" Club cards between 1968 and 1971 to members in every U.S. state, as well as 90 countries around the world. As late as 1989, Pan Am maintained that they would eventually redeem the memberships, but the cards became collector's items when the company declared bankruptcy in 1991.

Identifier

NASM.2018.0049

Processing Information

Arranged, described, and encoded by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2018.

Date

Circa 1968

Provenance

Michelle Iradjpanah, Gift, 2018, NASM.2018.0049

Extent

0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)

Summary

This collection consists of one Pan American Airways (Pan Am) "First Moon Flights" Club membership card, numbered 5893.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Arrangement note

Collection is in original order.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one Pan American Airways (Pan Am) "First Moon Flights" Club membership card, numbered 5893. The card measures approximately 3.5 by 2.5 inches. The line for the member's name is blank, and the card features the facsimile signature of James Montgomery, Vice President, Sales.

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.

Topics Aeronautics
Airlines
Astronautics
Space flight

Citation

Pan American Airways (Pan Am) "First Moon Flights" Club Membership Card, NASM.2018.0049, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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