12/12/02 Dinner Key 75th Anniversary
For the 75th anniversary of Pan Am's first flight from Key West to
Havana, Director Jeffrey Mills traveled to Miami, Florida to attend
the event and to meet with members of the Pan Am Historical Foundation
to strategize about fundraising. for the film.
Miami event not only was held to celebrate a milestone in Pan Am's history,
but also to showcase work that the city of Miami has been doing on their
city hall. It happens that this city hall was originally Pan Am's Dinner
Key Marine Terminal and operated during its golden era of flying boats.
This was Pan Am's largest flying boat terminal and the jumping off place
for all of their flights to the Caribbean and South America.
city of Miami has been restoring many of the murals and building details
that had been part of the terminal and had either deteriorated over
the years, or had been covered up with paint or drop ceilings. The fantastic
ceiling murals were particularly beautiful, depicting the adventure
and mystery of flying. There have been talks over the years that when
the city outgrows this building, it may be donated back to the Pan Am
Historical Foundation to convert into a museum about Pan Am.
attending the anniversary celebration were Charles Trippe Jr., grandson
of Pan AM founder Juan Trippe, and Margaret Eiluned Morgan, the niece
of Charles Lindbergh who had been a technical advisor to Pan Am from
For additional photos of the event, go to the Dinner
Key Anniversary gallery.