Pan Am was the airline that practically invented aviation. It pioneered air navigation and communications, and its list of "firsts" in the industry is awe-inspiring. Known as the "Queen of the Skies," it was the benchmark by which all other airlines were judged.
Hordes of Lindbergh's worshipful fans refused to clear the runway so that the airplane could land. Lindbergh, unsure of how much gas he had left, was climbing to leave the airport area when suddenly both engines went dead.
The year was 1929, and magic was in the air. Two young couples, both newly married, were about to embark on an historic journey that would make the world smaller by connecting continents and inspiring wanderlust in generations to come.
Often in my twenty-year career as a flight attendant for Pan Am, especially in the 1960's and first half of the 1970's, I had a feeling of awe and wonder at the experiences that were mine for the asking.
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Feeling at times like a nurse in a psychiatric ward, I was endlessly fascinated by the human drama that unfolds on a long flight across the Atlantic. The behavior of one couple particularly intrigued me.