Active and retired flight attendants will celebrate the 75th anniversary of flight attendants Saturday, May 14th, at the Flight Path Museum in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, 6661 Imperial Highway.
The celebration will include a buffet luncheon and fashion show, designed to raise funds for the museum.
The first flight attendants — called “stewardesses” — began service May 15th, 1930 on what was called Boeing Air Transport, which evolved into United Airlines, according to Ethel Pattison, information specialist for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City of Los Angeles agency that operates city airports.
At the time, all stewardesses were required to be women and registered nurses, she says.
“The rules were very strict in the early years,” says Pattison, a former United Airlines stewardess.
“Stewardesses in the 1930s and ’40s carried train schedules for use in event of an unplanned landing due to bad weather or mechanical problems,” she says.
The celebration — with the theme “Welcome Aboard” — will begin at 11 a.m. with an informal tour of the Flight Path Museum.
The luncheon will be at noon and include modeling of vintage uniforms worn by flight attendants of yesteryear.
Tickets are $45 and available at (310) 215-5291.
The Flight Path Museum is operated by the nonprofit Flight Path Learning Center of Southern California in cooperation with LAWA.
The museum exhibits showcase the history of LAX, airlines, aircraft and aviation firms.
Public hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the first Saturday of each month. Admission and parking are free.
Information, (310) 215-5291 or www.flightpath.us