Treasure Island Museum Fleet Week Lecture: "A Formula for Victory: The Navy and Pan-Am - Chosen Instruments"

Date: 
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location: 
1 Avenue of the Palms
Administration Building Lobby
San Francisco, CA 94130
United States

Few technological advantages had as much impact on WWII victory in the Pacific as Pan American Airways, a civilian corporation that played a huge military role.  On Saturday, October 12 at 10:30 am, join the Treasure Island Museum for a free lecture by historian Michael Svanevik, a former commissioned officer in U.S. Army Intelligence, as he evaluates the indispensable wartime role of Pan American Airways.

President Franklin Roosevelt referred to the airline as his “chosen instrument.” Before Pearl Harbor, while not exclusively military, the airline engaged in a series of delicate operations that ultimately assured wartime success. Roosevelt worked closely with Pan American president Juan Trippe, who, after war commenced, refused the offer of a commission as a general in U.S. Air Force. During initial hours of combat, it appeared to some that Japan had gone to war with Pan Am, not the United States. At war’s end, the airline was lauded as an essential element in American military successes.

Flyer for Treasure Island Museum Lecture with image of President Franklin Roosevelt