Skygods: The Fall of Pan Amby Robert Gandt
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Originally published by Wm. Morrow in 1995, SKYGODS is the saga of America's most glamorous airline from its meteoric ascent to its plunge to extinction. Pan Am blazed the way across the world's oceans with its magnificent Clipper ships, launched the first international jet service, was the first to fly the behemoth 747, was the lead customer for America's SST and the Concorde, and was even taking reservations for the first commercial flights to the moon.
Told from multiple viewpoints--pilots, stewardesses, management executives--SKYGODS is the life story of an American icon.
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Meet the Author
Robert Gandt is a former naval officer and aviator, an international airline captain, and a prolific military and aviation writer. He is the author of thirteen books, including the novels The Killing Sky and Black Star Rising and the definitive work on modern naval aviation, Bogeys and Bandits. His screen credits include the television series Pensacola: Wings of Gold. He and his wife, Anne, live with their airplanes in Spruce Creek, a flying community in Daytona Beach, Florida. You may visit his website at www.gandt.com
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Great book about the rise and fall of an American Icon, Pan Am. Easy to read and informative
Recalls an era when airline travel was for the few and every stop was an adventure on the world's most experienced airline.
WHAT A BOOK! Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in commercial aviation history as well as what happens when a clash of corporate cultures in-house occurs. The company was the personification of its founder, Juan Trippe, and when he no longer was involved, the company began to unravel. Of course, changing trends in governmental support also contributed to its demise. I recall as child visiting Pan Am's maintenance facility at Idlewild in the late 1950s and seeing a brand-new 707 sitting in the hangar. This book brings back my memories of Pan Am and how great an airline it was but, sadly, what also brought it to a close.