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Come Fly the World

Author : Julia Cooke [Julia Cooke]

A lively, unexpected portrait of the jet-age stewardesses serving on iconic Pan Am airways between 1966 and 1975
Glamour, danger, adventure, liberation: in a Mad Men–era of commercial flight, Pan Am attracted a special sort of young woman. Required to be between 5′3″ and 5′9″, between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years old, she also had to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service Officer. Cooke’s intimate storytelling weaves together the real-life stories of a memorable cast of characters, from small-town girl Lynne Totten, a science major who decided life in a lab was not for her, to Hazel Bowie, one of the relatively few African American stewardesses of the era, as they embraced the liberation of their new jet-set life. Cooke brings to light the story of Pan Am stewardesses’ role in the Vietnam War, as the airline added runs from Saigon to Hong Kong for planeloads of weary young…

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