For most natives of the Mid-Shore, the Trippe name has countless connections. From Trippe Creek in Talbot County, Trippe Bay off the Chesapeake Bay, or even Nanny Trippe’s art gallery in Easton, the Trippe name surrounds the region with historical prominence as the direct result of Lt. Col. Henry Trippe’s arrival in Dorchester County in the mid-17th Century.
But one of Henry Trippe’s numerous impacts took place almost three centuries after he died in Cambridge in 1698. That was when one of his descendants, Juan, created the world’s first international airways, Pan American Airlines in the 1930s.
This local connection to the Eastern Shore is one of the countless and mostly unknown facts uncovered by Dorchester County resident Jamie Baldwin in his new book entitled “Pan American World Airways: Images of A Great Airline.”
His his long-form Spy interview, Jamie touches on many of the highlights of Juan Trippe’s legacy with Pan Am. Trippe is widely regarded as the last of the greatest aviation pioneers that led the company to be the premier international airline in the world for much of the 20th Century.
This video is approximately ten minutes in length. Copies of “Pan American World Airways: Images of A Great Airline” can be purchased at the Trippe Gallery in Easton.