Mr. Juan Trippe
Pan American World Airways Founder
June 27, 1898 - April 3, 1981
Long Island Air & Space Hall of Fame
Awarded June 21, 2016
U.S. Navy WWI Veteran
Naval Aviator 1918
It is widely believed Mr Trippe's naval experience lead him to name all his aircraft, designate them as "Clippers" after the sailing ships that conquered the oceans, use naval terminology in naming the crew, captain and stewards. Uniforms, pins, hats, and other insignia were designed for all Pan American World Airways employees.
1946 Medal for Merit presented by Robert P. Patterson, Secretary of War, awarded by President Harry S. Truman for (WWII) wartime service to the United States
His office globe
New York City Office
This antique globe, inherited from his father, dates from the 1840's. Mr Trippe referred to it often in developing air routes for his company. This globe appeared in many publicity photos, and in Martin Scorsese's 2004 movie "The Aviator". Today you may see it on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
1941 LIFE Magazine portrait, with pipe, taken at his New York City Chrysler Building office
"By each successive step aviation is advancing to that potential ideal of a universal service to humanity. By overcoming artificial barriers aviation can weave together, in closer understanding, the nations of the world, and lift for the peoples of the world those horizons which have too long limited the perspective of those who live upon this earth," Juan T. Trippe, founder Pan American World Airways, December 11, 1934.