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Fasten Your Seat Belts! History and Heroism in the Pan Am Cabin

Lester, Valerie

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ISBN 10: 0962648388 / ISBN 13: 9780962648380
Published by Paladwr Press, McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Is the first history of an airline to be told from the viewpoint of its cabin crew. 282 pages, illustrated with black and white photographs. Bookseller Inventory # 001065

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Title: Fasten Your Seat Belts! History and Heroism ...

Publisher: Paladwr Press, McLean, Virginia, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Fasten Your Seat Belts! is the first history of an airline told from the viewpoint of its cabin crew. Through hundreds of interviews, Valerie Lester has encouraged Pan Am's flight attendants to recount their dramatic, tragic, comic, and heroic stories. She records the courageous deeds of the cabin crews in the 1947 crash in the Syrian desert; the terrorism in Cairo and Rome; the last flight from Saigon; the holocaust at Tenerife; and the siege at Karachi. And she shares tales of the first stewards and their experiences during World War II; Pan Am's brave and resourceful first stewardesses; the first round-the-world flights; the White House Press charters; the advent of jets; and Pan Am's final, heart-rending flight. Here at last is a book that draws attention to the crucial role that flight attendants have played in the history civil aviation.

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Valerie Lester (herself a Pan Am flight attendant in the 1960s) is the author of Phiz, The Man Who Drew Dickens (Chatto & Windus, 2004) and translator of Le Grand Meaulnes (Vintage, 2009). She has published many aviation articles for Airways Magazine, as well as articles on a wide variety of topics. She is currently at work on a biography of the great Italian typographer Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813).

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