The Golden Age of Flight Attendants

A new book documents the evolution of stewardesses from registered nurses to starlets in the sky

In 1938, TWA stewardesses were honored for each having completed a quarter-million miles or more of flying. (Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum)

Boeing 80A

(Seattle Museum of Flight)

In 1936 passengers on Boeing 80A aircraft had their choice of coffee, tea or milk, along with a box lunch containing a ham sandwich, a pickle, pound cake and a piece of fruit. All of the stewardesses were registered nurses.


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