Pan Am Museum is always honored when former employees visit. Meet JFK Worldport Passenger Service Representative Peter Roseen. He came by to donate his uniform, and other treasures.
Later, Mr Roseen invited us to his home, where he shared more of his memories.
"Crouching low to present as small a target as possible, Pan American World Airways deadheading Captain Paul Lachapelle sprinted toward safety down a dimly outlined taxiway.
Suddenly in his path loomed a rickety bus, its lights extinguished and entry door open. Much as he welcomed the protection, the pilot was greatly concerned for the safety of the 747’s crew members, last known to be on the flight deck.
Another burst of machine gun fire motivated him to jump quickly into the bus and dive to the floor, where he found himself alongside of First Officer Pat Levix, Captain John Walter "Jack" Priddy, Flight Engineer Julius Dzuiba, (the Pan Am Flight Crew) plus many passengers and cabin crew members."
This is September 6, 1970, in Cairo, Egypt, the "Clipper Fortune" was hijacked in what is now referred to as the "Dawson Field Hijackings". The aircraft was blown to pieces after landing. We welcomed Captain Paul Lachapelle as a Honoree at the 2019 Pan Am Museum Gala.
How did they survive? Here is the Captain Lachapelle's full recollection:
"Thank you for your dedication to Pan American World Airways. Hopefully others will find some of the items as touching and meaningful as this one letter has been to you. My brother and I are so very happy that this information can now be shared with others in the Pan American family. Again, Thank You for your help."
From Dean Baxter (son of Captain Paul Baxter) and Family