Pacific National Airlines Boeing 747-218B
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Back in Seattle, PNA's year is one of mixed fortunate. On March 27, PNA's intial CEO and serving board member, Thaddeus "Tads" Simpson is killed in the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State.
In his honor, the executives of PNA named N742PN, to be delivered in April of 1980, Spirit of Tads to serve as a fitting tribute to the man who gave PNA so much. The 747 was a fitting tribute to the larger then life character that was Tads and all who knew him fondly remember him.
Spirit of Tads was delivered to PNA on April 29th 1980, in a small ceremony attended by his widow, Barbara and sons Thaddeus Jr and Mike, both of whom were Captains with the airline on the 737 fleet.
Encouraged by parents, Mike began 747 conversion training in in September of 1979, initially being posted as a First Officer at PNA's Portland SuperJumbo base. After the death of his father, plans were made to move Mike to Seattle and, unbeknownst to him, Mike was selected to be the First Officer onboard the inaugural PNA Flight 9 Golden Argosy service to Rome.