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"Clipper Defender" Pan Am's forgotten incident...While most of you by now are aware, I have reached fevered pitch at this point with my Pan Am 200 scale hunt. This week I awaited the arrival of one of the most anticipated (and most expensive model I currently own...) my Inflight200 Pan Am 747-121 named "Clipper Defender". This plane is marvelous to the eye and really brings you back to the times when Pan Am's lust for the affordable man's ticket was being quenched by the first deliveries of the long anticipated Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet. N738PA was delivered to Pan Am on Feb 5, 1970 LN: 14 and was only in the fleet for close to 14 years, but we'll get into that a little later. As far as the jet goes it's what you would expect from Inflight200, great details, COA card, a stand and of coarse the incredibly high price tag. What really struck me was the box and there to me lies what makes this one of my favorite models. The box art on this product shows you advertisements and some art which really makes you appreciate this jet even more. This side of the box really impresses me since it shows advertisements of the different countries Pan Am flew to: Now the plane itself is a great model. The titles are smaller since their logo was enlarged once the 747SP joined their fleet, but all in all this models wears their colors very well: The overview of the plane is my favorite from front to back. The cheatlines, the livery are simple but in the 70's that was how Pan Am liked it. While Clipper Defender served a long life she ended up getting written off after an incident in August of 1983. N738PA was flight PA073 from Dehli airport in India to Karachi International Airport in Pakistan.. When landing the pilot in command reduced thrust on engines...
Some people find newspapers interesting, others find a coffee and breakfast, myself? These stories you write RStretton are like aviation coffee for the...
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