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Pan American World Airways was active in the airline industry from 1927, when it established a regular scheduled international service, to its bankruptcy in late 1991. Pan American was the first American airline to operate a permanent international air service. From its first route between Key West and Havana, Pan Am extended its routes into the rest of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. In 1936, Pan Am inaugurated passenger service in the Pacific, and began service in the Atlantic in 1939. Pan Am started around-the-world commercial air service in 1947. Besides setting many 'firsts' with routes, Pan Am also established 'firsts' in the aircraft technology they chose, such as being the first to use Boeing 747s in regular scheduled services.




Pan American World Airways, Inc.


[ca. 1970s]


Pan American, unknown, 1998, 1998-0045, unknown


3.6 Cubic feet ((8 legal document boxes))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Business records

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of paper documents which are related to Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) regulations pertinent to Pan American's operation, including CAB Economic Regulations, CAB Legislative History of Regulations, and CAB Air Mail Rates.


Business records


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Civil Aeronautics Board

Pan American World Airways, Inc.

Topics Airlines
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States
Aeronautics, Commercial
Aeronautics -- Law and legislation

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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