PanAm Veteran Gives 747 History

Ron Marasco was vice president of maintenance and engineering at Pan American World Airways and worked at the company from its heyday in the 50s through the mid-80s. He has written a book about the early years of the 747 and it is a fascinating look at what it took to get the 747 in service and keep it there.

“I’m a Board member of the Pan Am Historical Foundation and I was doing a white paper on the beginning of the 747 — and it grew!” Marasco explains as to why he decided to write his history. “It’s an untold story that accurately documents the enormous contribution the airline’s maintenance personnel, throughout the world, made toward keeping the 747 safely flying during the early operation,” Marasco says.

One other objective for documenting this early history is to refresh the memories of those who were there at the beginning, and to introduce others to what a monumental event the 747 was in the context of history at that time, he says.

Marasco began his career with Pan Am in 1956 as a flight Engineer. He later transferred to maintenance and engineering and a few years before the 747 entered service was appointed general manager of 747 maintenance.

From the beginning of the operations of the 747, until 1984, he held senior positions associated with all phases of 747 maintenance, including vice president of Maintenance and Engineering.

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