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Pan American World Airways

Pan American's Florida connection began with it's inaugural flight from Key West to Havana in 1927. President Juan Trippe began two Miami airports for his planes; one for seaplanes at Dinner Key and the other at today's Miami International Airport. Thus, the city became the hub of Pan Am's Caribbean and Latin American routes.

The collections

The Pan Am artifacts at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida are primarily by a donation from the Pan American Historic Foundation. Among the artifacts are photographs, ephemera, flight crew uniforms and accouterments, model planes, plaques and navigational instruments.

Pan Am photographs at the Historical Museum came from a number of sources, acquired between the 1950s and the present.

The Pan Am archives is located at the University of Miami library.

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