Pan-Am Globe, Juan Trippe


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This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Juan Trippe's Globe

From his office in New York City, Pan American president Juan T. Trippe used this globe to plan his airline's expansion around the world. Trippe often would stretch a string between two points on the globe and calculate the distance and time it would take for his airliners to fly between them. Made in the late 1800s, this globe was featured prominently in many publicity photos of Trippe, and it became part of Pan Am's and Trippe's public image.

Gift of the Pan American Historical Foundation

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National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Pan-Am Historical Foundation.


paper mache sphere, hand-colored copper plate engravings, brass meridian ring, wooden (oak) stand


3-D: 88.9cm (35 in.)



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