On Saturday I ended up heading over to Chicago on the train because I needed to feel the rails under me. I was going to do it the Saturday before but it did not quite work out that way.
Pan Am is sort of an abbreviation for Pan American Airways. It was incorporated in 1927 by Hap Arnold, Carl Spaatz and John Jouett. In 1928, it merged with Juan Trippe's Aviation Corporation of the Americas. It was famous for having well trained pilots and calling it's planes "Clippers". It was the unofficial national carrier of the United States. It also was responsible for launching a number of aircraft, including the 747. It stayed in business until 1991.