Julia Cooke

Come Fly The World

For a fantastic fun read let’s step back in time to the Twiggy 60’s era of commercial flight, Pan Am Airways attracted the kind of young woman who wanted out and wanted up.

Required to have a college degree, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be the right height, the right weight, and the right age. Julia 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 Karen Walker, jilted at 27 and wanderlust-obsessed, and Hazel Bowie, one of the few Black stewardesses of the time – all excited to embrace 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 soldiers straight from the battlefields, and Operation Babylift—the dramatic evacuation of 2,000 children.

Julia Cooke’s Come Fly The World 

 

 
 
The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am

 
 

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Come Fly The World

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