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1977: Pan Am was the first customer for the Boeing 747SP, having purchased 10 of the type. The 747SP that would become SOFIA was delivered to Pan Am on May 6, 1977, and was christened Clipper Lindbergh on May 20, 1977, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on the 50th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's solo trans-Atlantic crossing. Pan Am registered the jetliner N536PA. (Boeing)

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