Pan Am Purser
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Ray LeDour, born in New York and raised in France was hired by Pan Am in the 1950s as a steward. He soon became a Purser and worked at Pan Am until the 1980s. Ray had the good fortune to meet his second wife Andree, also a French native, who joined Pan Am as a flight attendant in the early 1960s.
As a senior Purser, Ray, was involved with many important projects at Pan Am including inaugural flights on the Boeing 707, 747 and 747SP (Special Performance). Ray also worked as a crew member on some of Pan Am's Board of Directors flights. In the mid 1960s he was part of the team that prepared for Pan Am's inaugural service to Moscow in what was then the Soviet Union. In the mid 1970s Ray was part of the Pan Am team that worked with the Boeing Aircraft Company on the design of the 747SP prior to the aircraft joining the Pan Am fleet.
In the early 1970s Pan Am began a series of private charter flights around the world for Olsen Travel. These flights were configured for all first class service and were very exclusive. Ray & Andree would take these trips every year and often flew with the same crews who enjoyed the "off the beaten track" assignments. Thanks to Ray's son, Dean LeDour for sharing these wonderful pictures of Ray, Andree and their many friends.
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