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History Of The Flight Attendant - Discovery Times  
User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 785 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4510 times:

For anybody who's interested, it's 11pm on the US East Coast and on the Discovery Times Channel, there is a documentary entitled Fly With Me: The History of the Flight Attendant. Taking things from the first F/A (a nurse named Stimson....forgive me if I'm wrong) through the F/A's new role post 9/11.


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User currently offlineFoxiboy From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 208 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4423 times:

The first one was called helen church,she wanted to be a pilot,she then employed 7 more nurses,making the original eight.

User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4411 times:

Her name was "Ellen Church." She was an RN in San Francisco and came up with the idea of an "inflight" passenger caregiver. In the early days, they wore traditional nurses' uniforms inflight, changing from their "ground" uniforms after take-off and again before landing. Those were the days of cold box lunches or possibly thermoses of creamed chicken and coffee. And lots of "barf bags" for the nurses to handle when many of the pax got airsick. They even assisted with cabin cleaning, baggage handling, and helping with some of the mechanical duties of the day. Hey, you've come a long way, Ladies and Gentlemen! They initially flew for Boeing Air Transport which evolved into the Friendly Skies of United. In fact, UA had at least one RN on every Hawai'i flight into the late 60's, early 70's. Miss Church started a whole new career in aviation. How many FA's are there in the world today? Anyone know?

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4404 times:
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Quoting Tbear815 (Reply 2):
They even assisted with cabin cleaning, baggage handling

If you fly in Southern Africa with one of the historic DC-4s or DC-3s these duties are still performed by the flight attendants, all adds to the authenticity of the experience! Barf bags are essential too as these old planes fly low and can be pretty bumpy!



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User currently offlineTbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4396 times:

Been there, done that with the DC-3. As a kid from Victoria, B.C. to Seattle - an hour flight time then, now 20 minutes on a 737 (if they even still fly them from Seattle to Victoria). Oh, how we flew!!!

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8002 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4352 times:

Actually, the arrival of the flight attendant on a large scale only happened with the arrival of the DC-3 in 1936, and especially with the arrival of small ovens that could heat food for in-flight food service at the time. I believe that the DC-3 was among the first land-based airliners that had built-in food ovens (of course, given that flying boats were far larger airplanes they could actually fit in a full kitchen like what Pan American in the USA did to their Clipper flying boats and what Imperial Airways in the UK did to their flying boats).

The first AA flight attendants that flew on the AA DC-3 flights were all registered nurses (RN's) because AA founder "C.R." Smith knew nurses were trained to attend to people easily.


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