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  • The real-life hero of Flight 73 (flight attendant who died saving 359 lives inc. 39 Americans)

    03/02/2016 12:01:57 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 40 replies ^ | 2nd March 2016 | Sarah Steegar
    On September 5, 1986, Neerja was just two days away from her 23rd birthday. She was working her first flight as head purser on Pan Am Flight 73 when it was hijacked on the ground in Pakistan by four armed men. It was thanks to Neerja's lightning-quick thinking that the cockpit was warned and the pilots were able to escape — as is protocol — leaving the hijackers with no way to fly the plane. She also hid the passports of 41 American passengers so that the hijackers could not target them as intended; hiding some under seats and throwing...
  • What Clinton left out about her history with Gadhafi

    10/15/2015 12:19:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    yahoo. ^ | October 14, 2015 | Michael Isikoff
    During Tuesday night’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton ... obscures a largely forgotten moment in U.S. diplomacy: a period less than two years earlier when she and the Obama administration were actively cozying up to the “murderous” Gadhafi. “I am very pleased to welcome Minister Gadhafi here to the State Department,” she said, warmly greeting Mutassim Gadhafi, the Libyan dictator’s son and national security adviser, at the State Department in April, 2009. “We deeply value the relationship between the United States and Libya.” To be sure, the rapprochement with Gadhafi began under President George W. Bush in 2003 when the Libyan...
  • [Toronto] Mystery tunnel found near Pan Am Games venue

    02/23/2015 6:59:06 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 47 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb 23, 2015 | Sarah Bridge, John Lancaster
    National security officials have been notified that an underground tunnel was discovered near a venue for this summer's Pan Am Games in Toronto, CBC News has learned. The tunnel was dug in the woods near Toronto's Rexall Centre and York University's Keele campus. It was large enough for a person to stand in, at around 2½ metres in height, and was about seven metres long. The tunnel had lights inside, powered by a generator, and the walls and ceiling were reinforced. Sources told CBC News that the tunnel was filled in by authorities.
  • (Those Were The Days!) PHOTO: Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747

    08/21/2014 7:19:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 106 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Circa 1960's | Retronaut
    Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747 The 1960's were barely done when Pan Am again set a standard the rest of the world was forced to follow. Pan American's Boeing B-747 Jumbo Jets brought down the cost of long distance air travel once again. Source: Pan Am Historical Foundation
  • Lockerbie bombing ‘was work of Iran, not Libya’ says former spy

    03/10/2014 5:08:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:00PM GMT 10 Mar 2014 | Gordon Rayner
    The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by a Syrian-based terrorist group, a former Iranian intelligence officer has admitted. Abolghassem Mesbahi, a defector to Germany, said Pan Am flight 103 was downed in 1988 in retaliation for a US Navy strike on an Iranian commercial jet six months earlier, in which 290 people died. He claims the Ayatollah Khomeini, who was Iran’s Supreme Leader, ordered the bombing “to copy exactly what happened to the Iranian Airbus”. …
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "One, Two, Three"(1961)

    07/28/2013 11:56:09 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 38 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1961 | Billy Wilder
  • New Biography of CBS Newsman Walter Cronkite Dents His Halo

    05/21/2012 9:36:28 AM PDT · by Obadiah · 48 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5/21/12 | Howard Kurtz
    In the early 1970s, the most trusted man in America did a very untrustworthy thing. Unbeknownst to the millions who tuned in religiously to the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite cut a deal with Pan Am to fly his family to vacation spots around the world. Together with a handful of friends, they roamed from the South Pacific to Haiti, with Cronkite snorkeling, swimming, and drinking, thanks to a friend at the airline. According to Douglas Brinkley’s sweeping and masterful biography Cronkite, the news division president, Dick Salant, was upset at what he deemed a blatant conflict of interest, but...
  • Lockerbie Bomber Dies in Libya (May he Rot in Hell)

    05/20/2012 6:11:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 20, 2012
    TRIPOLI, Libya – The former Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has died in Libya, his brother told AFP on Sunday. "He died an hour ago," Abdelhakim al-Megrahi said, putting the time of death at shortly after 1:00pm local time. The UK Foreign Office could not confirm the report Sunday, however it said it was "seeking further information." Megrahi, 60, was convicted in a Scottish court in 2001 for his role in the December 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Most of those killed in the bombing of the Boeing 747...
  • Downing Street powerless to force return of Lockerbie bomber

    08/15/2011 11:52:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 6:50PM BST 15 Aug 2011 | By Robert Winnett, Deputy Political Editor
    Downing Street has admitted that it is powerless to force the return of the Lockerbie bomber to Britain almost two years after the Libyan was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds. David Cameron's official spokesman said that there was "no mechanism" to return Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to Britain even if he was captured by Libyan rebels or American special forces. The admission came amid some speculation that the bomber may be seized and passed to Nato forces during the ongoing conflict in Libya. This weekend marks the second anniversary of the release of Megrahi who was freed from prison...
  • U.S. Reopens Lockerbie Investigation After Claims Qaddafi Ordered Attack

    03/02/2011 6:56:48 PM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies ^ | March 02, 2011 | FoxNews
    The Obama administration may seek the prosecution of Muammar Qaddafi for the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, following claims of some ex-Libyan officials that the embattled dictator personally ordered the airline attack that killed 270 people. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress this week that she has asked the FBI and Justice Department to look into the matter in response to lawmakers' requests. "I think justice must be served," she told a Senate legislative committee Wednesday.
  • Indian victims of Pan Am plane hijack seek Obama's help

    11/06/2010 4:40:45 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Sify ^ | Nov. 6, 2010 | IANS
    Chandigarh, Nov 6 (IANS) Indian passengers of Pan Am World Airways flight 73, which was hijacked at Karachi en route from Mumbai to New York in September 1986, Saturday urged US President Barack Obama to re-look the case of compensation for them. 'President Obama extolled the courage and fortitude of the Indians during the Mumbai terror attack but we would also like to remind him that the brave Indian flight crew, led by Neerja Bhanot, saved the lives of American passengers by hiding their passports from the hijackers,' said Dharmendra Shah, a hijack victim. 'President Obama must take a look...
  • The Pan Am Bomber: A Cascade of Errors

    07/11/2010 9:32:22 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 2 replies ^ | 07-12-10 | stolinsky
    If the “experts” have empathy for a mass murderer, they declare him “terminal” so he can be released from prison. But if the “experts” have no empathy for you, they will declare you “terminal” and stop your medical treatment. Recall President Obama’s opinion of cardiac pacemakers for the elderly: “If we’ve got experts that are advising doctors that the pacemaker will save money...” “Experts” do as they please unless we ordinary people take charge, as our Founders intended us to do. As a result of this cascade of errors, the murderer of 270 human beings is living out his life...
  • Doctor: 'Dying' Lockerbie bomber may live 10 years

    07/04/2010 12:53:34 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 24 replies ^ | 07/04/2010 | Staff
    LONDON — A doctor who said the man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 had only three months to live now says the Libyan could survive another 10 years, London's Sunday Times reported. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of 270 counts of murder for being behind the 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, was released on compassionate grounds in 2009, after doctors said he only had a few months to live.
  • Did the Brits help Lockerbie terrorist fake his “terminal cancer” to trade him for oil?

    03/05/2010 6:04:04 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 14 replies · 900+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | March 5, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Remember last August when the British twisted the arms of Scottish authorities to force the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, one of the bastards who blew Pan Am Flight 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie Scotland killing 270 people? Remember we were told by United Kingdom representatives he was being released for “humanitarian reasons” so he could go home to his beloved Libya and die in about three months from the “terminal prostate cancer” he was suffering from? Remember the pictures of this bum being carried onto a plane looking like a concentration camp survivor? Finally do...
  • 24 years after Pan Am hijack, Neerja Bhanot killer falls to US drone [1986 Pan Am Flight 73 Hijack]

    01/16/2010 1:02:24 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 24 replies · 1,553+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 17 January 2010 | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: Half of India's population today wasn't born when she died in 1986 in a hail of gunfire on a hijacked plane after courageously saving scores of passengers, a feat for which she was posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra in India, Tamgha-e-Insaniyat in Pakistan and the Justice for Crimes Award in the US. Earlier this week, some 24 years after her heroism, one of her killers died a dog's death in the badlands of Pakistan, reportedly shot to pieces in a US drone attack. The saga of Neerja Bhanot transfixed India at a time where there was no 24-hour news...
  • The Terrorist Who Won't Die (Lockerbie bomber)

    01/06/2010 1:25:01 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 8 replies · 552+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01/06/10 | Lloyd Grove
    Nearly five months after his controversial release from a Scottish prison, the Lockerbie bomber has outlived his prognosis—enraging the loved ones of his victims on Pan Am Flight 103. Never mind the Underpants Bomber, who failed to blow up a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas Day and will now feel the full force of the American criminal justice system. The Lockerbie Bomber, who was successful, is alive and living quietly at home in Libya—nearly five months after his so-called “compassionate release” from a Scottish prison. Fifty-seven-year-old terrorist Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi—handed a life sentence after being found guilty in...
  • Lockerbie Bomber's Health 'Deteriorating,' Hospital Says [ Cancer Through out His body ! ]

    12/20/2009 12:42:02 AM PST · by NoLibZone · 25 replies · 946+ views
    foxnews ^ | Dec 19,2009 | Sky News
    Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset al-Megrahi's health is deteriorating, according to a Libyan hospital source. The 57-year-old arrived at the hospital on Saturday coughing and vomiting, the statement said. "A scan has shown a worsening of the disease which has spread more than before," it added.
  • In One Man's Garage, Pan Am Still Makes the Going Great

    11/02/2009 8:16:51 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 40 replies · 2,577+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 26, 2009 | CANDACE JACKSON
    Mr. Toth's First-Class Obsession Recreates Defunct Airline's Cabin (Spiral Stairs, Too) Fliers nostalgic for the golden era of air travel might want to book a trip to Anthony Toth's garage. Mr. Toth has built a precise replica of a first-class cabin from a Pan Am World Airways 747 in the garage of his two-bedroom condo in Redondo Beach, Calif. The setup includes almost everything fliers in the late 1970s and 1980s would have found onboard: pairs of red-and-blue reclining seats, original overhead luggage bins and a curved, red-carpeted staircase. Once comfortably ensconced, Mr. Toth's visitors can sip beverages from the...
  • Obama Likes Tyrants and Dislikes America . . . and Here's More Proof

    09/25/2009 8:21:53 AM PDT · by hripka · 5 replies · 376+ views
    The Corner at National Review ^ | Sept. 24, 2009 | Andy McCarthy
    Michael hits the nail on the head . . . and then comes this: The Obama administration has notified Congress of the State Department's intention to contribute $400,000 to foundations run by Muammar Qaddafi's two children — $200,000 each for daughter Aisha and son Saif. Saif, you may recall, is the son who escorted the Lockerbie terrorist Abdel Baset al-Megrahi home to a hero's welcome in Libya after President Obama sternly "warned" Qaddafi that there was to be no hero's welcome. Illinois Republican congressman Mark Steven Kirk (House Appropriations Subcommittee on State/Foreign Operations) has sent Obama a letter asking him...
  • Kirk Asks President Obama to Withdraw Administration's Request to Provide $400,000 to Libya

    09/25/2009 8:14:47 AM PDT · by hripka · 7 replies · 674+ views
    Trading Markets ^ | Sep 24, 2009 | Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today urged President Obama to withdraw his Administration's request to provide $400,000 to Libya's Qaddafi Foundation, just weeks after they celebrated the release of a terrorist responsible for the murders of 189 Americans. Last month, when Scotland freed Abel Baset Megrahi, the only man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi greeted him with a hero's welcome. Qaddafi's son, Saif, was involved in the negotiation for Megrahi's release and accompanied the terrorist back to Libya. Despite the U.S. Administration's strong condemnation of Megrahi's release, the State Department...

    09/08/2009 7:43:31 AM PDT · by Psion · 16 replies · 1,375+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Sept. 7, 2009 | Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.
    Billions for Britain’s Conversion Effort Meets with UK’s Approval ByPaul L. Williams, Ph.D. Libyan President Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi has mounted a multi-billion campaign to transform England and Wales into Islamic nations. Eleven Islamic missionaries will launch the campaign this week in Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Swansea.The effort is being sponsored by the World Islamic Call Society (WICS), an organization that was established by the Libyan leader.The Islamic crusade comes just a month after the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbasset Ali Al Megrahi caused a storm between Britain and the US when he returned...
  • US spies blamed Iran for Lockerbie bomb

    08/21/2009 2:46:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | August 16, 2009 | Jason Allardyce & Mark Macaskill
    US spies blamed Iran for Lockerbie bomb Jason Allardyce, Mark Macaskill American intelligence documents blaming Iran for the Lockerbie bombing would have been produced in court if the Libyan convicted of Britain’s worst terrorist attack had not dropped his appeal. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer expected to be freed this week, had instructed his lawyers to produce internal US intelligence communications unavailable to his defence team at his trial in 2000. The cables, from the American Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), suggest that Iran was behind the attack on Pan Am flight 103, which killed 270 people...
  • McCain 'disappointed' at release of Pan Am bomber

    08/20/2009 2:10:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 1,074+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday he was deeply disappointed that the Scottish government released a former Libyan agent convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103. McCain joined two other senators -- Independent Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Republican Susan Collins of Maine -- in issuing a statement after the convicted bomber was released Thursday morning and flew home to Libya. McCain, Lieberman and Collins recently visited Libya and met with its leaders, including Col. Muanhar Qadhafi, telling him they were adamantly opposed to the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi. The senators' statement said, "We...
  • Convicted Lockerbie terrorist bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi to be released on compassionate grounds.

    08/20/2009 3:32:01 AM PDT · by KyleFoster · 16 replies · 848+ views
    The government of Scotland has decided to release convicted Lockerbie terrorist bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi on "compassionate grounds." The government of the United Kingdom has washed its hands of the entire affair, allowing the Scottish government total freedom in taking this perfidious action against the families of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103. The actions of the Scottish government are inexcusable. A man who is responsible for the mass murder of 270 innocent civilians must be held accountable for such a cold blooded and ruthless act. Freeing a terrorist in order to further ties with the tyrannical Libyan regime...
  • Book details JFK affair with Pan Am Swede

    08/03/2009 10:48:30 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 71 replies · 8,925+ views ^ | 08/03/2009 | David Landes
    Former US president John F. Kennedy had an affair with a Swedish flight attendant, according to a new book based on interviews with current and former Secret Service agents. According to ex-agent Robert Lutz, President Kennedy took a liking to a Swedish Pan Am Flight attendant who was riding on the press pool airplane which typically follows US presidents while they travel. While Lutz, who was assigned to the press plane, had initially planned to ask the good looking Swede out for dinner, members of the Secret Service detail assigned to President Kennedy told Lutz to back off. “She’s part...
  • Libya asks for Lockerbie bomber to be freed [He’s released]

    07/25/2009 11:12:37 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 1,647+ views
    (REUTERS) via ^ | Published: 07.25.09, 19:37 / Israel News | n/a
    Libyan authorities made the application on behalf of Abdel Basset al Megrahi, who was sentenced to life for blowing up a Pan Am airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
  • APNewsBreak: Notorious bomb maker from '80s to be put on FBI's terrorist list

    06/20/2009 11:34:57 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 26 replies · 948+ views
    Associated Press ^ | june 20, 2009 | ap
    NEW YORK — An FBI official says a notorious terrorist suspected of aiding the insurgency in Iraq will be added to the agency's list of its most wanted terrorists. The official said Monday that an FBI committee recommended this month that 73-year-old Palestinian Abu Ibrahim be placed on the list. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision wasn't official. An investigation by The Associated Press had revealed the terrorist was still alive and had fled to Syria. Ibrahim has been indicted in the 1982 bombing of Pam Am Flight 830. The explosion killed a 16-year-old boy and...
  • Lockerbie bomber bail bid to Scottish courts fails

    11/14/2008 1:48:20 PM PST · by the scotsman · 7 replies · 502+ views
    BBC News ^ | 14th November 2008 | BBC News
    'The man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing will remain in jail while his appeal continues, a court has ruled. Lawyers for Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who has advanced prostate cancer, had asked the Appeal Court in Edinburgh to grant him interim liberation. The Libyan is appealing against his conviction for the murder of 270 people when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie in 1988. A full hearing is likely to take place in the middle of next year. The judgement on the bail application was delivered on Friday by the Lord Justice General Lord Hamilton, along with Lord Kingarth and...
  • Unforgettable still, the night death fell from the sky on Scottish town (20th Anniv. Lockerbie)

    12/18/2008 4:54:24 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 15 replies · 798+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | December 19, 2008 | Magnus Linklater
    Lockerbie knows that it will never be allowed to forget the night of December 21, 1988. Like Aberfan, Omagh, Dunblane - the little places struck by disasters – its name is for ever linked to one terrible moment. In Lockerbie’s case it was 7.03pm, when Pan Am Flight 103 dropped from the sky. You cannot walk the streets today without the reminders: Sherwood Crescent, where the wing and fuel tank ploughed into the houses and evaporated them, leaving a massive crater, reeking of aviation fuel; Rosebank Crescent, where the fuselage came down and scattered bodies across gardens, on the rooftops...
  • Pan Am Anniversary Harks Back To A Time Of Glamour

    10/27/2007 4:40:44 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 15 replies · 74+ views
    CBS4 ^ | Oct 26, 2007
    (CBS4) MIAMI In 1927, on this very weekend, the very first Pan Am flight took off from Key West headed for Havana. 80 years later some of the faces of the airline--through the years--gathered in South Florida to remember the Pan Am legacy. Captain John Marshall remembers the night he flew Pan Am's last official flight from Sao Paolo to New York. "I asked the tower if we could take a low pass, they said no," said Marshall. "I thought about it anyway, but then I realized I had 6 hours of Brazilian airspace to fly through." That was in...
  • Lockerbie convict 'will soon be home in Libya'

    08/01/2007 9:49:24 AM PDT · by Stoat · 11 replies · 511+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | August 1, 2007
    Lockerbie convict 'will soon be home in Libya'   (Boryana Katsarova/AFP/Getty) The Bulgarian nurses flew home earlier this month       Libya believes it has reached a deal with Britain that could see a Libyan convicted for the Lockerbie bombings extradited home in return for last week’s release of six foreign medics, Muammar Gaddafi's son was quoted as saying today. Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, a former Libyan secret service agent, is in prison in Scotland after being convicted over the 1998 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie. In June al-Megrahi won the right to a new...
  • Brazil too dangerous for track and field competition

    07/16/2007 11:53:32 AM PDT · by JZelle · 11 replies · 881+ views
    Brazil is the hot spot this summer for international track and field. The 2007 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships just finished in Sao Paulo, and the third IBSA (International Blind Sports Federation) World Championships and Games will be there later this month. The 2007 Pan American Games just began in Rio de Janeiro, and will be followed by the 2007 Parapan American Games for Paralympians. There are some beautiful places in Brazil, but just one look at the U.S. Department of State Web site tells me I would not risk my life for a meet in Sao Paulo or Rio...
  • Trail of Terror: Discovery Channel Documentary on Pan Am Flight 103 (Chilling Details)

    11/09/2006 7:15:02 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies · 1,105+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 11/9/2006 | n/a
    From a crime scene that spans 845 square miles, to the high-tech forensic laboratories, "Trail of Terror" takes the viewer step-by-step through one of the largest and most complex and controversial criminal investigations in modern history.
  • Lockerbie airline to be wound up (Pan Am)

    10/31/2006 9:03:38 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 29 replies · 772+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Tuesday October 31, 2006 | Andrew Clark
    Pan Am, the airline that went bust after the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, will disappear next month as liquidators distribute a long-awaited settlement obtained from the Libyan government in compensation for the disaster. Some 15,000 creditors will share in a $30m (£15.71m) payout provided by Muammar Gadafy's regime to the Pan Am Liquidation Trust. When the money is sent out, lawyers will wind up the trust and the once global air transport company will cease to exist. The distribution ends a 15-year financial saga which began when the airline stopped flying in 1991. It went bust after losing its reputation...
  • US courage award for Neerja Bhanot

    04/18/2006 9:51:22 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 6 replies · 2,184+ views
    The Times of India/ IANS ^ | Tuesday, April 18, 2006 09:03:43 pm IANS | The Times of India/ IANS
    CHANDIGARH: Pan Am flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, who died fighting hijackers at Pakistan's Karachi airport in September 1986, will be honoured with the second highest award in the US for crime victims. Bhanot, who hailed from this city, will be posthumously conferred the 2006 Special Courage Award by the US Department of Justice. Other attendants of the flight will also get the same award, said a statement from her family. Bhanot died while trying to save five children when the hijackers opened fire inside the Pan Am flight 20 years ago. The award will be received by Bhanot's brothers, Aneesh...
  • On This Date 17 Years Ago - Pan Am Flight 103

    12/21/2005 6:57:27 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 26 replies · 730+ views ^ | n/a | n/a
    Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up as it flew over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988, when 12–16 oz of plastic explosive was detonated in its forward cargo hold, triggering a sequence of events that led to the rapid destruction of the aircraft. Winds of 100 knots scattered passengers and debris along an 88-mile corridor over an area of 845 square miles. Two hundred and seventy people from 21 countries died, including 11 people on the ground. Known as the Lockerbie bombing and the Lockerbie air disaster in Britain, it became the subject of that country's largest criminal inquiry,...
  • FReeper Help Needed. Backgrounder On Skyjackings. Anyone Remember Civilian Killing Perp on Pan Am?

    12/08/2005 11:19:30 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 14 replies · 792+ views
    Time to jog the memory banks. Back in 60s/70s, civilian guard (Brinks?) accompanying high value artwork on flight (Pan Am 747?) when perp (Vietnameese civilian?) tried to take the A/C. Captain Ok'd guard to shoot, kill perp. When A/C landed (San Francisco/L.A.?) Captain stopped A/C on taxiway and dumped body out door because "he didn't want the (dead) scum" on his A/C. This bring memories back for anyone?
  • America Supports You: Americans Donate Sky Miles to Wounded Troops (BLURRY SCREEN ALERT)

    08/08/2005 5:59:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 810+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 8, 2005 | Teri Lukach
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2005 – Through partnerships with most major U.S. carriers, the Fisher House Foundation is making it possible for Americans to donate unused airline miles to troops wounded in the war on terror and their families. The program, "Operation Hero Miles," was created in 2004, when nearly 500 soldiers per day were returning to the U.S. from Iraq for rest and recuperation. "At that time, the military would only fly service personnel to a gateway city," said Pamela Lea-Maida, administrator of Operation Hero Miles at the Fisher House Foundation. "From there, personnel had to pay the rest of...
  • The really friendly skies of Pan Am

    04/22/2005 11:43:06 AM PDT · by JZelle · 17 replies · 1,116+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-22-05 | Wesley Pruden
    Once upon a time, before the airplane replaced the streetcar as the way to haul cattle from here to there, the American airliner was the ultimate in extravagant luxury and romance above the clouds. Travelers dressed like grown-ups for the adventure they expected to get for the price of their ticket. Men took baths on the day of the trip, shaved, and put on clean shirts, long pants and leather shoes. Women felt no compulsion to look (or smell) like men, and dressed accordingly. The scenery aboard was often exquisite.
  • An Antiwar Activist Known for Being Committed Yet Erratic (Traitor/'Rat Susan Lindauer)

    03/11/2004 8:30:06 PM PST · by Stultis · 32 replies · 822+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12 March 2004 | JAMES DAO
    An Antiwar Activist Known for Being Committed Yet ErraticBy JAMES DAO Published: March 12, 2004 TAKOMA PARK, Md., March 11 — Susan P. Lindauer wore her liberal politics on her sleeve, as well as on her aging Mazda, where bumper stickers proclaimed her unabashed opposition to the Iraq conflict. "Peace in Iraq through change at home," one said. "War is not the answer," another said. To her neighbors — who described her as gentle if somewhat lonely — Ms. Lindauer was typical of this left-leaning enclave on the northern doorstep of Washington, a place fondly known by its residents as...
  • Alleged spy for Iraq gave Lockerbie deposition

    03/11/2004 10:22:16 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 13 replies · 606+ views ^ | Friday, March 12, 2004 | By Sherrie Gossett
    Alleged spy for Iraq gave Lockerbie depositionFormer Democrat congressional aide was at center of CIA controversy Posted: March 12, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern By Sherrie Gossett© 2004 Former journalist and congressional press secretary Susan Lindauer, who was arrested yesterday on charges she acted as an Iraqi spy before and after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, came to the forefront of politics in 1994 over a controversial meeting she had with an alleged CIA operative based in Syria. That meeting resulted in her giving a deposition in the Lockerbie bombing trial that suggested Libya was innocent of the bombing. The 1994 deposition received...
  • Gaddafi: 'God curse money!' (Pan Am/Air France payouts)

    09/01/2003 1:21:54 PM PDT · by alnitak · 8 replies · 382+ views
    The BBC ^ | Monday, 1 September, 2003, 12:18 GMT 13:18 UK | Paul Reynolds
    Ever since he came to power in a military coup against the ancient King Idris, who was off having treatment in a Turkish spa in September 1969, the Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi has been a master of mercurial manoeuvres. Colonel Gaddafi defending deals It remains to be seen whether his latest flourish - an agreement to increase compensation for the bombing of the French UTA DC-10 in 1989 - represents another clever diplomatic stroke or is the sign of a weakening figure getting desperate to see off his enemies at any price. Certainly he could not afford to have France...
  • Libya's Pan Am Atrocity

    04/22/2003 11:51:47 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 307+ views
    Media Monitor ^ | April 22, 2003 | Cliff Kincaid
    On Meet the Press Vice President Cheney ticked off a list of attacks on Americans that have largely gone unanswered: the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the destruction of the Khobar Towers military complex in Saudi Arabia in 1996, the east Africa embassy bombings in 1998, and the attack on the USS Cole in 2000. Cheney said that "each time there was almost no credible response from the United States to those attacks." He left one out – the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 by Libya over Lockerbie,...