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  • Sea Bright, New Jersey, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 27, 1899

    Born

    Sea Bright, New Jersey, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 27, 1899

    Trippe was born in Sea Bright, New Jersey, on June 27, 1899, the great-great-grandson of Lieutenant John Trippe, captain of the USS Vixen.




  • Pottstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1917

    Finishing School

    Pottstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1917

    Trippe attended the Bovea School and graduated from The Hill School in 1917.




  • U.S.
    Jun, 1918

    Completing Training with The United States Navy

    U.S.
    Jun, 1918

    He enrolled at Yale University but left when the United States entered World War I to apply for flight training with the United States Navy. After completing training in June 1918, he was designated as a Naval Aviator and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy Reserve.




  • U.S.
    1920

    The First Meeting of The National Intercollegiate Flying Association

    U.S.
    1920

    Trippe was treasurer at the first meeting of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association in 1920.




  • New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
    1921

    Graduation

    New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
    1921

    The end of World War I precluded him from flying in combat. After he Demobilized from active duty, he returned to Yale, graduating in 1921.




  • U.S.
    1922

    Long Island Airways

    U.S.
    1922

    After graduation from Yale, Trippe began working on Wall Street, but soon became bored. In 1922 he raised money from his old Yale classmates, selling them stock in his new airline, an air-taxi service for the rich and powerful called Long Island Airways.




  • Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 07, 1925

    Colonial Air Transport

    Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 07, 1925

    Once again tapping his wealthy friends from Yale, Trippe invested in an airline named Colonial Air Transport, which was awarded a new route and an airmail contract on October 7, 1925.


  • Key West, Florida, U.S.
    Monday Mar 14, 1927

    Pan American Airways

    Key West, Florida, U.S.
    Monday Mar 14, 1927

    Interested in operating to the Caribbean, Trippe created the Aviation Corporation of the Americas. Based in Florida, the company would evolve into the unofficial United States flag carrier, Pan American Airways, commonly known as Pan Am.


  • Havana, Cuba
    Wednesday Oct 19, 1927

    Pan Am's First Flight

    Havana, Cuba
    Wednesday Oct 19, 1927

    Pan Am's first flight took off on October 19, 1927, from Key West, Florida, to Havana, Cuba, in a hired Fairchild FC-2 floatplane being delivered to West Indian Aerial Express in the Dominican Republic.


  • U.S.
    1928

    Marriage

    U.S.
    1928

    Trippe married Elizabeth "Betty" Stettinius Trippe (1904–1983), the sister of United States Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius Jr., in 1928.


  • East Hampton, New York, U.S.
    1940

    The president of The Maidstone Club

    East Hampton, New York, U.S.
    1940

    Trippe was a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in Scotland and president of the Maidstone Club in East Hampton, New York, from 1940 to 1944.


  • Paris, France
    Sunday Oct 26, 1958

    Pan Am's First Scheduled Jet Flight

    Paris, France
    Sunday Oct 26, 1958

    Trippe quickly recognized the opportunities presented by jet aircraft and ordered several Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 airplanes. Pan Am's first scheduled jet flight was operated on October 26, 1958 by 707 Clipper America out of Idlewild International Airport (now JFK) to Le Bourget Airport, Paris. The new jets allowed Pan Am to cut the flight time nearly in half, introduce lower fares, and fly more passengers in total.


  • Tampa, Florida, U.S.
    1965

    The Tony Jannus Award

    Tampa, Florida, U.S.
    1965

    In 1965, Trippe received the Tony Jannus Award for his distinguished contributions to commercial aviation.


  • Florida, U.S.
    1968

    Trippe gave up the Presidency

    Florida, U.S.
    1968

    Trippe gave up the presidency of the airline in 1968. He continued to attend meetings of the board of directors and maintained an office in the company's Park Avenue office building.


  • New York, U.S.
    Friday Apr 03, 1981

    Death

    New York, U.S.
    Friday Apr 03, 1981

    Trippe suffered a stroke in September 1980, which forced him to cut back on his workload; he died after suffering a second stroke at his New York City home on April 3, 1981, at the age of 81. He is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.


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