Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am
ISBN: 0358251400
EAN13: 9780358251408
Language: English
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am

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Glamour, danger, liberation: in a Mad Men -era of commercial flight, Pan Am World Airways attracted the kind of young woman who wanted out, and wanted up Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 5′3 and 5′9, between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire.Cooke's intimate storytelling weaves together the real-life stories of a memorable cast of characters, from small-town girl Lynne Totten, a science major who decided life in a lab was not for her, to Hazel Bowie, one of the relatively few Black stewardesses of the era, as they embraced the liberation of their new jet-set life. Cooke brings to light the story of Pan Am stewardesses' role in the Vietnam War, as the airline added runs from Saigon to Hong Kong for planeloads of weary young soldiers straight from the battlefields, who were off for five days of R&R, and then flown back to war. Finally, with Operation Babylift--the dramatic evacuation of 2,000 children during the fall of Saigon--the book's special cast of stewardesses unites to play an extraordinary role on the world stage.

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   Jet Age women of Pan Am
This book, by Julie Cooke, provided real life narratives of the lives of multiple stewardesses who took the challenge of Pan Am to fly the world. These women, who started out to have an adventure, learned quickly that they would sacrifice much and be appreciated little financially for their efforts. However, they were among the first women to seek their civil rights during a time when aviation was expanding as an industry. The section about the stewardess experience during the Vietnam war was especially riveting.