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.
Here are a couple of pictures that show Panagra’s cargo DC-3, P-50, in an unusual position. At first glance it looks like a “landing incident”, but the aircraft has been moved into pits dug in the ground to lower the fuselage. It is possible that this was done to raise the landing gear without the use of jacks or it could be done to facilitate cargo loading onto a level floor. Don’t know the location, but the pits appear to be a permanent fixture, so most likely it was done for cargo loading purposes. Click on the icon for a larger image.
Panagra first began DC-6 passenger operations in May of 1947. The first two DC-6 aircraft operated were NC90876 and NC90878. Here are some photos of NC90876 taken in Miami. It is likely that these were photos taken during the April/May 1947 time frame possibly when NC90876 was delivered to Miami. Captain C.R. Disher is in several of the photos taken at the 36th Street hanger facilities along with several other unidentified Panagra personnel. The aircraft featured in these photos, NC90876, was the one in which Captain Jack Shepard established a new speed record from Miami to Guayaquil on June 6, 1947…flight time was 6 hours and 41 minutes. Click on the photo icons below to see a larger image.
In the continuing effort to restore content that was lost when we migrated to the new server, the Co-Pilot Gallery has been reloaded. This gallery contains photos of some of the Panagra co-pilots that were contained in a file in the Chief Pilots Office in the 1940′s. There are over 70 photos in this gallery. Click HERE to go to the gallery and see if you recognize these folks. There are 4 pages of photos in the gallery.