American Airways Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas
N743PA (c/n 44885)
This shot of "Clipper Ocean Rover" was taken on a very oily hardstand
at LAX in 1959 as the
aircraft was preparing to depart for London
Heathrow. These long range versions of the DC-7
by both Pan Am and Scandinavian Airlines System on the "Over the Pole"
from the U.S. west coast to
non-stop. Not, I might add, a very pleasant journey.
often a "technical stop" (i.e. to
refuel), had to be made at Bluie West Four in Greenland.
definitely did not want to leave the aircraft
on such occasions! Pan Am had a couple of
dozen of these large
airliners. They were replaced in 1958/59 by the early
707s. N743PA led a varied career
after Pan Am sold it to Intercontinent Air in 1966
(it became N74303,
couldn't really operate with a Pan Am style rego). It was finally
impounded at Freeport, Bahamas in 1981 while
registered to Juan Rodriguez. (Unpaid taxes.....