In the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the reusable space plane that takes Dr. Haywood Floyd to the space station, the Orion III, was branded with a Pan Am logo. That seemed a safe bet as the international carrier was the nation's largest in 1968 when the film was shot.
Tragically, Pan American Airlines didn't make it to 2001. The airline went belly up in 1991, a decade before its supposed rendezvous with the future. It was probably unthinkable to a writer in the late 60's to believe the largest...Full Story