Saturday 20 February 2010

American Airlines

Boston departure lounge, watching American Airlines planes come and go. I recently wrote a short (as yet unpublished) article on the 1972 film Silent Running, which has American Airlines space freighters in it. 2001: A Space Odyssye had Pan-Am spaceliners, but Pam-Am bit the dust years ago. AA are still with us, though, and, to first approximation, still have basically the same logo and typeface. The internal chronology of Silent Running places the film in 2009 or 2010, more or less. Good job we have those space freighters to hold the last forests, then.


  1. A great movie nevertheless. I enjoy pointing out to my friends that it is the first movie to warn of the dangers of environmental extremism. While freighters have not come to pass, yet, the crazies have.

  2. I was sad to see the demise of Pan-Am. The majority of my flights to and from Germany growing up a military kid in Germany were on Pan-Am, Lufthansa or KLM. I've recently started building models again, and I like the idea of taking newer planes, like the A380 or the C-17 Globemaster, and wrapping it with the Pan-Am logo. Glad you had a good time over here, I hope to catch you at a signing sometime.
    Oh, I just got my copy of Thousand Night's/Minla's Flowers. I love the colors! Great choice, from jacket art to the book itself.

  3. Sub Press did a wonderful job with Thousandth Night/Minla's Flowers, I have to say.