Airline Milestone on May 15th, 1930

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    On May 15, 1930, flying became more comfortable when United Airlines made the first flight with an airline stewardess, Ellen Church. She tended to passengers on a May 15th flight from Oakland, California to Chicago. The criteria for the job was that she could be no older than 25, no taller than 5 feet, 4 inches, and weigh no more than 115 pounds and be a registered nurse. The idea caught on, and being a stewardess became one of the most sought after jobs for young women. Today the proper term is "flight attendant," and they are a vital part of the U.S. airline industry. In 1930, there were just fewer than 500 airliners in service. Today, that number has ballooned to more than 7,800.


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