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Pan American World Airways (U.S.)


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[Pan American World Airways flag] image by Miles Li, 6 December 2010

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The flag of the Pan American World Airways (otherwise known as Pan Am) from 1927 to 1957 was the logo on a white field,
Miles Li, 30 January 2010

Founded in 1927 as Pan American Airways, later rebranded Pan American World Airways; commonly known as Pan Am. Its IATA code was "PA", and ICAO code was "PAA".

Pan Am existed till 1991; I suppose the later flag if there were any would feature the well known light logo with blue disc with brand lettering on the equator, broken meridian, and eight parallel lines, all in white (see and

This logo and the whole brand rights were acquired in 2006 by what become Pan Am Railways, formerly Guilford Rail System, in New England, US. Maybe this railway company uses the later Pan Am flag?

António Martins-Tuválkin, 7 December 2010

Earlier Versions

[Pan American World Airways flag]
image by Jens Pattke, 1 February 2015

[Pan American World Airways flag]
image by Jens Pattke, 1 February 2015

Here are two historic Pan Am Flags. The logo from 1928 depicts an eagle carrying the world in its claws. The letters are in this case the head with beak. The globe shows the service area of North and Central America. The next logo from 1944/45 shows a globe with wings. The letters PAA here are displayed on the wing. The globe shows the service area of the Atlantic. Both flags were white and had the top and bottom edge of cloth a blue stripe. In the middle was the relevant logo.

In 1955, the bedsheet was adopted. On a white cloth was a blue globe with white lines and below in black letters PAN AMERICAN. Again in 1957 the logo was modified. On the blue globe as the equator the white inscription PAN AM and the geographic coordinate system in white lines. Also, this flag from 1957 was a bed sheet with logo.

Jens Pattke, 1 February 2015