Juan Trippe, a Naval Aviator was the father of American International Commercial Aviation. Trippe a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame and holder of the Medal of Freedom initiated the first US successful international commercial air service (US Postal IntLic #1), Air Mail, Miami to Havana in the 20’s under the PanAm banner. PanAm lead by Trippe ruled the international and US domestic Skies & market for the next 50+ years. PamAm’s major firsts among many; 1st Trans-Atlantic/Pacific Commercial Route System, 1st successful Jet Service (B-707), the introduction of the Jumbo (B-747). PanAm’s forward bases in the Pacific during WWII provided the backbone of Allied Logistic Operations in the Far East. The Feud between PanAm and TWA, Trippe vs Hughes is legendary, the film “The Aviator” tells the tale. http://youtu.be/SRmmAYNLigU
Amelia Mary Earhart July 24, 1897 – disappeared July 2, 1937 was an American aviation pioneer and author.
Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
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