Space Oddities

Space Oddities: Episode 3-The First Moon Flights Club

May 23, 2022 Joe Cuhaj Season 1 Episode 3
Space Oddities
Space Oddities: Episode 3-The First Moon Flights Club
Show Notes

Welcome to Episode 3 of the Space Oddities Podcast: The First Moon Flight Club.

In Episode 2, we discussed the push by billionaires Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Richard Branson to make space travel for civilians as common as hopping on a bus. Of course, right now you have to be very rich to fly or get an invitation. 

Many people criticize their efforts, but isn’t this how the airline industry began? Visionary inventors and eccentric billionaire’s pushing the envelope of air travel to make it accessible first to the wealthy and then to the general public?

This episode will shed light on an American airline company that had the same dream – albeit a tremendous marketing scheme – to fly people to the moon in the 1960s, long before Bezos and before we even landed on the moon. 

It was called the First Moon Flight Club.

 Show Notes:

1969 Pan Am Commercial (the song will stick in your head - Video)
1968 Pan Am Commercial (Video)
Pan Am First Moon Flights Club (Smithsonian - JPG)
Jeff Bezos Press Conference After First Flight on New Shepard (7/20/21 - Video)
2001: A Space Odyssey Open Sequence With Pan Am Shuttle Orion (Video)