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?