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Three Decades After Closing Pan Am Lives On at the Pan Am Museum

December 4, 2021, Commemorates 30 Years Since the Iconic Airline Ceased Operations

November 16, 2021, GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK - After more than 64 years in business, the world’s most iconic airline, Pan American World Airways (also known around the world as Pan Am), ceased operations on December 4, 1991. A perfect storm of terrorism, rising fuel costs, and an economic downturn resulted in the closure of the “World's Most Experienced Airline.” However, thirty years later, the airline lives on at the Pan Am Museum in Garden City, New York (Long Island). The museum reveals below 30 achievements that define Pan Am.

On December 5, 2021, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Pan Am Museum Foundation will host a public event to celebrate the unrivaled legacy that they all helped to build by unveiling its newest exhibit: "The Pan Am Saga - from its beginnings in 1927 to Its Slow Demise and Eventual Fall in 1991." Cost per person is $30. Click here to purchase tickets. The museum Is located at One Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY, 11530. Parking for the event is complimentary.

Founded in 2015, the Pan Am Museum Foundation is the only institution with a permanent and physical location solely dedicated to Pan American World Airways. With a mission to “educate and inspire future generations by preserving the diverse and historical institutional and personal stories of Pan American World Airways,” the Museum explores the rich history and culture of the airline, and its people. Through permanent installments, digital content such as social media and podcasts, and through partnerships with other institutions the Pan Am Museum Foundation brings the under celebrated history of the airline to life through educational storytelling and programming.

About Pan American World Airways: Thirty years ago, on December 4, 1991, Pan American World Airways ceased operations. Founded in 1927, the airline flew for over 64 years. With its closing marked the end of an era for commercial aviation. Saturday, December 4, 2021, marks the 30th Anniversary of the shutdown of an airline that pioneered air travel and luxury in the skies, while cementing itself as a fixture in popular culture throughout the world. As the airline of choice for the Beatles, James Bond, Indiana Jones; to Hollywood stars, corporate executives, and politicians; to tourists and families, Pan Am remains present in the hearts and minds of millions across the globe. The skies today are absent and solemn without Pan Am's signature caviar, fine wines, delicious food, and exceptional service. Although the airline is no longer with us, the legacy of Pan Am is still alive and well at a Long Island museum bearing its name.

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