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We bear witness and give voice to the December 21, 1988, terrorist attack against America.

We honor the 270 lives lost.
Those who were there.
And those who continue to triumph over tragedy.

The Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Legacy Foundation aims to be a principal U.S. nonprofit institution dedicated to clarifying and documenting the December 21, 1988, terrorist attack that propelled the age of modern terrorism upon an unsuspecting world. Our Foundation’s goals are simple yet bold: to codify our history, honor, bear witness, connect, raise awareness, and celebrate Lockerbie.

We invite you to visit and participate.

About Foundation

Living Memorial

The Living Memorial is a dynamic site honoring each of the 270 victims with a gallery page of full-color headshot images. Each victim will have a multimedia color biographical page where loved ones are invited to perpetually upload memories, write messages, tributes and contribute photos, audios, videos, and other tokens of memory.

We invite you to memorialize your loved ones.

Visit Living memorial

Legacy Story Project

We will give voice and create a library of firsthand stories by ordinary people united by tragedy. Hear, in their own words, about humanitarian and precedent-setting acts by local heroes, first responders, accidental activists, and champions of truth, justice, accountability, and change.

We invite you to share your story. Participation checklist:

  1. ✓ 1- Gather photos/materials Now
  2. ✓ 2- Review Guidelines & Select questions and prompts Now
  3. ✓ 3- Digitized/Schedule help session/interview Now
  4. ✓ 4- Submit Now
  5. ✓ 5- Upload Directly at Launch June 2022
Legacy Story Guidelines

Lockerbie Then and Now

Learn about this peaceful Scottish sheep-farming town’s extraordinary disaster response, by ordinary heroes. One good deed at a time, they quietly became “the town that taught the world a lesson in humanity” amidst massive destruction and personal loss, in the largest crime scene in UK history.

Discover their quintessential beautiful Scottish countryside. Explore Lockerbie’s High Street, local customs, and rich culture going back to the Vikings and Romans.

Learn More about Lockerbie, Scotland

Historical Archives — Curated Collections

To codify our history and tell our story, in full, we are building a comprehensive digital collection of primary-source and personal records including printed media, artifacts, images, audio, and video chronicling the attack and the aftermath. The end product will be a highly user-friendly, accessible, and all-inclusive encyclopedic digital archive.

We invite contributions of digitized materials. Participation checklist:

  1. ✓ 1- Gather photos/materials Now
  2. ✓ 2- Digitized/Schedule help session Now
  3. ✓ 3- Submit Now
  4. ✓ 4- Upload Directly -Launch June 2022
Submission Guidelines

Mass Murder in the Sky
The Pan American Flight 103 Bombing

Four days before Christmas 1988, a U.S.-flagged commercial passenger jetliner, flying from London to New York City, exploded at 31,000 feet, scattering 259 people, its contents, and hundreds of thousands of pieces of the Boeing 747 over 845 square miles.

Large sections of the aircraft crashed and set ablaze two residential neighborhoods in the sheep-farming town of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 11 people on the ground. This attack against America created the largest recorded crime scene and remains the oldest cold case of mass murder in U.S. and UK history.

Terrorists have targeted the United States for decades, and threats remain a constant today. The Thematic Timeline will detail the history of these attacks as well as related events and disasters in a way that readers can understand the causes and effects, including supporting documentation.

All timelines will launch in August 2022. Using milestones including narrative, images, and multi-media, each timeline will cover a topic essential to documenting and clarifying the history of the Pan Am 103 bombing including Activism; The Attack 12-21-88; Aviation Safety & Security; Justice & Accountability; Terrorism, War & Petro-Aggression; Flyer’s & Victims’ Rights vs. Business as Usual.

An image of the torn off, crumpled nose cone of Flight 103 on the ground

Activism, Advocacy, and History

The activism that emerged from the Pan Am 103 terrorist attack resulted in sweeping changes that enhanced aviation safety and security. These champions fought to develop legislation for just restitution for terror victims and to provide basic assistance to victims of air disasters and terrorism. They spearheaded the creation of mandates to protect and strengthen the rights of the American flying public… But there is still more to be done to bring the attackers to justice and to keep flyers safe.

In our expanded website we will explore the four topics below in depth using thematic timelines noting key historical milestones.

Aviation Safety
and Security

What you need to know before booking another flight: Airlines continue to shrink passenger space, including seat size, row spacing and aisles, creating a major passenger safety issue, especially for those larger, older, and less able-bodied. Overcrowding has exponentially increased in-flight disruptive and violent behavior and the inability to perform FAA-required emergency passenger evacuation within 90 seconds. FAA policies allow the aviation industry to load tons of unscanned/unsecured U.S. mail, hazardous materials, and cargo onto passenger aircraft without smoke detectors and fire suppressants. Support efforts to get FAA/DOT to set minimum passenger space requirements akin to current rules for transporting animals!

Justice and

Terrorists bombed a U.S. flag carrier, Pan American Flight 103, murdering 259 aboard and 11 in Lockerbie. U.S. federal courts have jurisdiction to prosecute crimes on board U.S. aircraft regardless of location. Why did the U.S. abandon Americans and abdicate lead investigative responsibility to Scotland’s smallest police force? U.S. authorities have never prosecuted any suspects. Scottish courts tried two Libyans, convicted one, ultimately releasing both. US Attorney General Bill Barr stated “I felt that our follow up to the attack was not sufficient and… the full measure of justice was denied.” Today, the three-decade pursuit of accountability and justice by the victims’ loved ones continues.

Terrorism, War, and Petro Aggression

Oil, the world’s most important commodity, generates much power and wealth. Large consumers of oil, including the U.S. and UK, have aggressively sought to dominate this precious global resource for national security. Oil-rich “petrostates” like Iran, Iraq, Libya, and Saudi Arabia have at times acted to protect their resources, avenge grievances, or support wars. The century-old quest for oil has seen governments overthrown, political violence, international terrorism, and wars.

Flyers’ & Victims’ Rights
vs. Business as Usual

Government has continually favored and protected the oil industry and civil aviation over the public interest — including billions in government subsidies, political expediency, lax safety and security enforcement. Antiquated laws and international treaties that harshly limit the aviation industry’s liability for travelers’ injury. Reversal of victims’ rights legislation allowing ability to file civil lawsuits against terrorist states, where some U.S. oil companies do business. Disproportionate taxes on consumers — 10% airline ticket tax, 500% higher gasoline excise taxes, both federal and state, than on aviation fuel.