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History Of The Flight Attendant - Discovery Times

Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:05 pm

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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RE: History Of The Flight Attendant - Discovery Times

Mon Apr 04, 2005 4:53 pm

The first one was called helen church,she wanted to be a pilot,she then employed 7 more nurses,making the original eight.
 
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RE: History Of The Flight Attendant - Discovery Times

Mon Apr 04, 2005 5:50 pm

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?
 
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RE: History Of The Flight Attendant - Discovery Times

Mon Apr 04, 2005 5:57 pm

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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RE: History Of The Flight Attendant - Discovery Times

Mon Apr 04, 2005 6:12 pm

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!!!
 
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RE: History Of The Flight Attendant - Discovery Times

Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:06 pm

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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