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Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am

Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Wiliam McIntyre
Aviation journalist and pilot Gandt interweaves the complex and interesting story of Pan Am's rise under founder and visionary Juan Trippe with American business and politics. Trippe molded Pan Am from the glory days of flying boats and the opening of Pacific routes to new piston-driven airliners and the transition to jets. In 1965 Pan Am was the world's preeminent airline, boasting 40,000 employees, 143 airliners, and over $1 billion in revenues...
David Rouse
The history of pioneering Pan American World Airways has already been well chronicled in more than a half dozen books, but Gandt--himself a pilot--tells Pan Am's story from the point of view of those who proudly worked for it. He focuses on the airline's heady glory days of the 1960s, when it showily began accepting reservations for the first commercial flight to the moon, and then he tracks its slow but steady descent and ultimate crack-up when it was forced to call it quits at the end of 1991.
David North
Robert Gandt's book SKYGODS accurately depicts the demise of Pan Am with a depth and human element often missing from books of this type.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013230750
Publisher:
Robert Gandt
Publication date:
10/05/2011
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Sales rank:
510,460
File size:
1 MB

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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Skygods 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about the rise and fall of an American Icon, Pan Am. Easy to read and informative
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recalls an era when airline travel was for the few and every stop was an adventure on the world's most experienced airline.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.