Thorndike Press

Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am

  • Julia Cooke
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  • ISBN-10: 1432889753
  • ISBN-13: 9781432889753
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs ( .57 kgs)
  • 464 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2021



Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 5′3" and 5′9", between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire. Cooke’s storytelling weaves together the real-life stories of a memorable cast of characters, from small-town girl Lynne Totten, a science major, to Hazel Bowie, one of the few Black stewardesses of the era, as they embrace the liberation of their jet-set life and their role in the Vietnam War.


Customer Reviews

“This engrossing account . . . offers a combination of riveting personal stories and little-known history, and will draw in readers from the first page. A must-read.”

— Library Journal (starred)