Glamour in the Skies: The Golden Age of the Air Stewardess

Glamour in the Skies: The Golden Age of the Air Stewardess

by Libbie Escolme-Schmidt

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Overview


Ex-stewardess Libbie Escolme-Schmidt has lovingly compiled many hundreds of memories to present the ultimate history of the British Airways air hostess. Collating a multitude of stories from the 1940s and 1950s through to what is often agreed to be the end of the golden age in 1980, this is an important record of the contribution made by women to airline history. During this period flying evolved from a potentially dangerous adventure to a remarkably safe and comfortable means of international travel, and through it all the air hostesses were there. Their experiences range from administering oxygen to passengers flying over the Andes to serving French champagne on Concorde, and the anecdotes are full of humor as they cover training, first flights, sexual discrimination and harassment, disasters, passengers, glamorous stopovers, and other temptations. This illustrated book presents the changing times in air travel through the eyes of the stewardess and offers the perfect tribute to the girls who worked the skies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752449043
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Libbie Escolme Schmidt worked for British Airways as an air stewardess, in training, and in management.

Table of Contents

Foreword Frederick Forsyth 007

Introduction 009

Preface: The Golden Age 001

Acknowledgements 013

Chapter 1 The Allure of the Air Hostess 017

Chapter 2 The First Stewardesses and the Forties 039

Chapter 3 The Memorable Fifties 059

Chapter 4 BEA Memories 087

Chapter 5 The Swinging Sixties 099

Chapter 6 The Golden Age Continued… 127

Chapter 7 Liaisons - Dangerous or Otherwise 145

Chapter 8 The Magical Years of the Surging Seventies 169

Appendix I Disasters: The Price of Progress 196

Appendix II Phonetic Alphabet 202

Appendix III Background History and Timeline 203

Bibliography 209

Index 212

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