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US Stewardesses on the Flying Boats of PanAm, AEA and Avalon

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Whist 1943 was a highly significant year for the initial vestiges of British Stewardesses on the Shuttles to Foynes, deployed both on the Landplanes from BOAC Whitchurch, and on the Flying Boats from Poole, certain American Airlines had already benefitted from more than a decade of successful operation of Stewardesses on Landplanes.

During such time, there had been only one notable venture in a UK Airline, where Daphne Kearley (aged just 19) commenced service on 16th May 1936 with Air Dispatch on its cross-channel service between Croydon and Paris, to become Britain’s first Air Stewardess ~ or rather publicised as Air Hostess, operating with AD for a few months.

By contrast, the deployment of Air Stewardesses (also referred to as Flight Attendants) by the American Airlines, had been sustained as a Legacy ever since 1930, when Boeing Air Transport (BAT) introduced eight Stewardesses.

This new Chapter in Aviation History had been due to the inspirational Ellen Church who had promoted herself!

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US Stewardesses on the Flying Boats of PanAm, AEA and Avalon

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