From time to time, I mention the family business I used to be involved in: Vulcan Iron Works Inc., which was in my family (with one break) for 144 years. We did a great deal of business outside of the U.S., especially for the offshore oil industry. From about 1960 until the early 1980’s, offshore was booming and not just in the Gulf of Mexico.
Until Delta started its foray into international travel in the late 1970’s, and for some time afterwards, the airline of choice for “the Vulcan man” was Pan Am. My three trips to China to do business there in 1981-3 were largely on Pan Am. Our senior field service man, Jess Perry, just about wouldn’t fly anyone else overseas.
So it was with some fascination that I saw the Wall Street Journal’s piece on Anthony Toth’s replica of Pan Am’s first class cabin on the 747.If you want to see what overseas flying was like in the 1970’s and 1980’s on this airline, this is a unique opportunity to do so, and for me it brought back many memories.