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My Medicare Advantage plan went up 81% from 2013 to 2014. It's with Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, WA. While Group Health does provide good care, I was shocked to discover this huge increase, along with reduced benefits yet! I blame it on the $8 billion taken by Obama from Medicare to fund Obamacare. I had heard premiums were going up but this is excessive.
Pan American World Airways is often thought to have been founded by Juan Trippe. However, Pan Am was first the brainchild of Major "Hap" Arnold, a World War I-era flying ace who became aware of German aspirations for the Panama Canal. Major Arnold drew up plans in 1925 for Pan Am in order to squelch a German airline in South America with designs on flying rights to the Canal and eventually into the U.S. The threat to the Panama Canal was considerable and eventually resulted in camouflage nets over the locks in the early 1940's and German submarine attacks along the American Eastern Seaboard and southerly. In 1927, the Key West-Havana U.S. airmail contract was awarded to John Montgomery, representing Pan Am. Montgomery had the mail contract but no planes. Eventually, Juan Trippe provided the planes by negotiating a merger of small airlines, including Pan Am. My father remembers "pulp magazines" (forerunner of comic books) featuring World War I aviators Hap Arnold and Eddie Rickenbacker. Major Arnold, never fulfilling the plan to become Pan Am's first president, instead became General Arnold, head of American air forces in World War II. National Geographic included several photos of Hap Arnold in its 1950's celebration of 50 years of American military flight.
Pan American World Airways is often thought to have been founded by Juan Trippe. However, Pan Am was first the brainchild of Major "Hap" Arnold, a World War I-era flying ace who became aware of German aspirations for the Panama Canal. Major Arnold drew up plans in 1925 for Pan Am in order to squelch a German airline in South America with designs on flying rights to the Canal and eventually into the U.S. The threat to the Panama Canal was considerable and eventually resulted in camouflage nets over the locks in the early 1940's and German submarine attacks along the American Eastern Seaboard and southerly. In 1927, the Key West-Havana U.S. airmail contract was awarded to John Montgomery, representing Pan Am. Montgomery had the mail contract but no planes. Eventually, Juan Trippe provided the planes by negotiating a merger of small airlines, including Pan Am. My father remembers "pulp magazines" (forerunner of comic books) featuring World War I aviators Hap Arnold and Eddie Rickenbacker. Major Arnold, never fulfilling the plan to become Pan Am's first president, instead became General Arnold, head of American air forces in World War II. National Geographic included several photos of Hap Arnold in its 1950's celebration of 50 years of American military flight.
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