Pan Am Headquarters
Did you have any idea that the 1st Headquarters of Pan American World Airways better known as Pan Am was in Key West! Unfortunately to History & Aviation buffs there’s NO museum or tours associated with its historic connection to the Airline Industry… believe it or not, it’s now a BAR! The good news about it being a bar is that you can stop in for a beer and consider it your inflight beverage!
The historic building does have a marker noting its heritage hanging on the outside (photo to the left). Pan Am was the principal US international air carrier from the late 1920’s until its collapse on December 4, 1991. Founded in 1927 as a scheduled air mail (contract with the U.S. Postal Service) and passenger service operating between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba (Flight#1 on Oct. 28, 1927) the airline became a major company credited with many innovations that shaped the international airline industry, including the widespread use of jet aircraft, jumbo jets, and computerized reservation systems. Identified by its blue globe logo and the use of the word “Clipper” in aircraft name, the airline was a cultural icon of the 20th century!
You can find this historic building here in Key West on a corner at 303 Whitehead Street. It’s FREE to drop by for a peek and feel a part of history… but there will be a fee for your inflight beverage!