I was contacted by former Panagra Hostess Diana Stevens Fraleigh. Diana was able to give us more information about a photo that I posted back in July 2013. I have re-posted the photo here. The Hostess handing the magazine to the passenger is Diana Stevens Fraleigh, based in Santiago and the Purser is Peter Hassinger, based in Buenos Aires. The photo was taken in late 1950 on a Panagra DC-6 in Miami and used for publicity purposes, possibly in Time Magazine. Diana married Panagra pilot Dave Fraleigh. Thanks very much to Diana for sharing this information! Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
Thanks to Bob Bennett for providing this beautiful action shot of N51700, Panagra’s first DC-7B, delivered in 1955. The shot is taken at Santiago, Chile date unknown. You can see a commissary employee taking food carriers aboard and a flight crew member performing an inspection of the top of the left wing. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
On July 23, 1945, Panagra pilot Jean Reahard flew his first trip as co-pilot with captain C. Hayward and flight radio operator Cooper. According to Reahard’s log book, that flight was from Lima to Balboa, Panama (5:25), Balboa to Chiclayo, Peru (4:30) and Chiclayo to Lima (1:30). The crew had layovers at Balboa and Chiclayo. The aircraft they flew on this three day trip was DC-3A, N49550, ship number P53. The photo below was taken during this trip at Chiclayo, Peru. From left to right in the photo below are: unknown, F/O Reahard, Captain Hayward, FRO Cooper and unknown. Captain Hayward was hired by Panagra only two years before F/O Reahard and Reahard flew his first trip as captain on the DC-3 July 20, 1946 less than a year after this photo was taken. Advancement was rapid in those days! Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.
As did many airlines, through the years Panagra provided memorabilia to hand out to passengers on-board its flights. Betsey Sanpere sent a photo of the Panagra lapel pin that was given to her mother by the captain of a Panagra flight during her travels in 1943 between Panama and Rio de Janeiro. Many thanks to Betsey for sharing this rare treasure with us. Click on the thumbnail below for a larger picture of the pin.
Here is a great shot of DC-3A, NC14967. This photo was probably taken along the Southern California coast near the Douglas factory at the time of the aircraft’s delivery to Panagra. Panagra received this aircraft in April 1940 as one of three DC-3′s delivered to Panagra by the factory that month. It was sold to Northeast Airlines in March 1955. It was later operated by Lake Central Airlines and finally by Houston Aviation Products. The airframe was reportedly broken up for parts. Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.