PanAm History

March 2, 1986: At Hangar 19 at Kennedy International Airport Pan American World Airways Boeing 747 “Clipper Sea Serpent” was stripped of the in-flight magazines, the rugs, the coffee makers, ovens, movie projector and screen.

The 379 seats unbolted, electricity and oxygen lines disconnected, the overhead storage bins, life rafts and lavatories all removed.

It was the beginning of a drill to show that a civilian aircraft could be converted into a military cargo plane within 48 hours. The Civil Reserve Air Fleet of the United States Air Force, Pan Am committed 19 of the fleet to this mission.


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