The Pan Am Museum Foundation is proud to honor five exceptional former Pan Am employees and one group as we celebrate the launch of the newest exhibit, Phase 1 of the Boeing 747
"A Jumbo Jet Story."
Captain Paul Lachapelle
Joined Pan American World Airways in 1957 as a reserve co-pilot/navigator on the Douglas DC-6. His flying career pre-dated Pan Am, starting as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Aviation Cadet Program. In 1959, Paul became a reserve co-pilot/navigator on the B-707, and in 1963 he earned his qualification as Captain on the aircraft. In 1978, Paul qualified for and transferred to the B-747 aircraft. He flew the B-747 for Pan Am until the sale of its Pacific Division. Paul continued flying with United Airlines and retired in 1993 at the then-mandatory age of 60. Paul and his wife, Shirley, call North Palm Beach, Florida home, and they enjoy a second residence in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Ingrid Elise Tingulstad Nore
Joined Pan American World Airways in March 1969. She was hired in Oslo, Norway and started her training in August 1969 at the Inflight Service Training Center in Miami. On a very fortunate day in December 1969, Elise was invited by Pan Am management to be part of the inflight service crew working the inaugural flight of the B-747 and she became part of the event that marked the beginning of the wide-body jet era. Upon leaving Pan Am in December 1970, Elise returned to her native Norway. Although Elise may have left Pan Am years ago, her ties to the company remain strong. She is the past President of the Oslo Chapter of World Wings International. Elise and her husband currently operate a grain farm. Her two adult children are married, and Elise is the proud grandmother of four grandchildren.
Joined Pan American World Airways in June 1969. Al was promoted to the position of Manager of Telephone Sales in the San Francisco reservations office. During the fall of 1972, Al was offered a position as Director-South Vietnam & Cambodia. Due to the war environment in Vietnam, initially Al declined, but his superior suggested to visit the area and perhaps reconsider which he did. On May 1, 1975, the North Vietnamese tanks rolled into downtown Saigon, signaling the fall of the city. Just six days earlier, Al had successfully orchestrated the evacuation of company employees and their immediate families on a Pan Am B-747 with almost 500 people on board - This historic event was later made into a full-length made-for-TV movie entitled Last Flight Out, on the NBC-TV Network on May 22, 1990. Al was portrayed by James Earl Jones in the film.
Al would go on to manage positions in Okinawa, Osaka & Western Japan and one of Al’s favorite assignments as the Director-China Operations Project from November 1980 through February 1981. In 1982, Al became Assistant to The Chairman for Consumer Affairs, then transferred to Miami holding several positions until Pan Am ceased operations in December 1991. Retired since 2017, Al and his wife, Jan, live in central Florida and spend their free time on the golf course.
Melanie Trunkey Camp
Joined Pan American World Airways on December 11, 1968. After graduating, she was based in New York where she completed her probationary training. Melanie had the honor of working the inaugural flight of the B-747 from JFK to London. In 1972, Melanie worked behind the scenes interviewing and training flight attendants. She continued in this role until her resignation from Pan Am in 1973. Even though she had left the airline, Melanie continued to be called on for special assignments. Melanie’s involvement continued as a member of World Wings International, she founded the Fort Lauderdale Chapter. Since 2003, she began training to become a Yoga Instructor. She now leads yoga at retreats around the world and as a special guest instructor.
Darlene Morten Fleming
Joined Pan American World Airways in December 1968. Darlene was trained at the Miami Springs Inflight Training Center and her first base assignment was Miami, where she typically flew the routes to South America and the Caribbean. Darlene transferred to Pan Am’s Houston base and flew mostly to Central America. Her later base assignments included Los Angeles – working on Pan Am’s famous “Round the World” flights, R&R flights out of Vietnam, and Operation Babylift. One of Darlene’s more memorable events was the honor of having been chosen to work the inaugural B-747 flight out of New York in January 1970. Darlene made the difficult decision in 1975 to resign from Pan Am and become a stay-at-home Mom. As retirees, Darlene and her husband spend their winters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and summers in Indiana.
Pan Am’s Maintenance Department
In 1971, Pan Am started the 747 round the world service. This new service necessitated the creation of a JFK “Emergency Crew” consisting of 747 specialist. Once alerted to a downline mechanical problem with the 747, the JFK “Emergency Crew” would depart on a moment’s notice fanning out around the globe, to repair aircraft that experienced mechanical problems exceeding the capability of the line stations.
In recognition of the outstanding work of the Pan Am Maintenance Department introducing the first jumbo jet, the 747, into commercial service, the Pan Am Museum Foundation is proud to honor Michael Bulzomi, Dennis Clare, John Diestel, William Mato, Gary Mato, Thomas Mineo, John Morganti, John Russo, Nick Santangelo, Otto Seide, John Shedd, Paul Steidel, Borre Thorsen, Robert Trnka, Edward Waite and Myron “Rosie” Rosenstein.
It would be an oversight not to mention the man responsible for leading the skilled team of maintenance professionals who kept the 747s flying during those early years ensuring the aircrafts place in history. That man is Ronald D. Marasco.
All of these maintenance professionals had careers spanning 20, 30 and 40 years of dedicated service. To date, this group reunites annually and remains in close contact with each other.
PRE-GALA EVENT AT THE TWA HOTEL AT JFK
Friday, October 25th - 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Ambassador Lounge at the TWA Hotel at JFK
$ 100.00 per ticket
$90.00 per Annual Member with Annual Member Number
Offering an array of fine dining, Pan Am artifacts and memorabilia, beautiful bling and exciting travel and destinations — this is your opportunity to take home a marvelous prize and support the Pan Am Museum. Here are just some of the exciting SILENT AUCTION items being offered at the gala. More unique items will be available for you to bid on. Additionally, there will be a wide array of fabulous RAFFLE PRIZES. MANY THANKS! to our generous friends and former employees of Pan Am for their generous donations.
Swiss International Tickets for two from the U.S. to Switzerland
Two tickets to Museum Hack’s Awesome Renegade Museum Tour in NYC
Sanibel Island, Florida - One-week vacation: One Bedroom Condo for four
One week stay @ The Legendary Pan Am 3-Bedroom Suite in Berlin, Germany
Pan Am Experience Dinner for two at Air Hollywood, California
Authentic Pan Am First Class Wine Caddy including Red, White & Sparkling Wine
Jewelry Brooch by Ann Hand
Lariat Cable Necklace with Dangling Bars, PP14K Yellow Gold
Nina McLemore Elegant and Timeless Clothing Gift Certificates
Pan Am 747 gold-rim band 23-pieces catering set, first class place setting
Pan Am record (Sealed LP) of “Pan Am Makes the Going Great”
Set of Signed McCoy Prints
New Coffee Table Book, “History Design & Identity”
Tiffany Silver London Necklace
London Jewelers Gift Certificate located in NYC or Manhasset
British Themed Basket
Pan Am Tote Bag, Limited Availability
Dinner Gift Certificate for 4 at First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery, Key West, Florida
Vieques, Puerto Rico, One-Week Stay, overlooking the ocean
Macallan Rare Cask Single Malt Whiskey
And many other Drawing Prizes….
Arrive in style with a 15% discount on black car service by www.limos.com
Go online or call 877-404-0552 and use promo code PAA15
For more information about the Gala, please visit:
The Pan Am Museum exhibits are now open to the public at the Cradle of Aviation Museum located on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in East Garden City next to Nassau Community College in New York. (
Cradle of Aviation Museum
1 Davis Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530
THE PAN AM MUSEUM BOUTIQUE
Come shop at the Pan Am Boutique (located at the Cradle of Aviation Museum) which offers a variety of unique items and Pan Am memorabilia at great prices. Your purchases will support the mission of the Pan Am Museum Foundation.