Sarah Kilgore worked for the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudia Arabia during the 1950s; in 1953 she took a trip around the world, becoming a charter member of Pan American's Round-the-World Clipper Club. The collection consists of a 16 by 18 inch Pan American World Airways Clipper Club certificate and accompanying letter.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a letter to Miss Sara Kilgore dated June 16, 1953, signed by Willis G. Lipscomb, Vice President, Traffic and Sales, of Pan American World Airways Systems, welcoming her as a charter member of the Pan American's Round-the-World Clipper Club, and a 16 by 18 inch Pan American World Airways Clipper Club certificate dated May 4, 1953. The certificate, dated 4 May 1953 and signed by Juan Trippe, president of Pan American World Airways, includes illustrations of various Pan American Clipper aircraft dating from 1927 through 1949, a globe featuring a stylized airline route map, and sailing ships of famous historic circumnavigators at the bottom edge.
Biographical / Historical:
Sarah Kilgore worked for the Arabian American Oil Company in Saudia Arabia during the 1950s; in 1953 she took a trip around the world, becoming a charter member of Pan American's Round-the-World Clipper Club. Pan American World Airways was active in the airline industry from 1927, when it established a regular scheduled international service, to its bankruptcy in late 1991. Pan American was the first American airline to operate a permanent international air service. From its first route between Key West and Havana, Pan Am extended its routes into the rest of the Caribbean, Central America and South America. In 1936, Pan Am inaugurated passenger service in the Pacific, and began service in the Atlantic in 1939. Pan Am started around-the-world commercial air service in 1947 using Lockheed Constellation airliners. In 1949, Pan Am began scheduled service with the new Boeing Model 377 Stratocruiser, a large, luxurious, long-range, double deck airliner featuring a passenger lounge on its lower deck.
Alice Kilgore, Gift, 2009, NASM.2009.0037.
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