Flying Foxes

Wired has a story and slide show about airline hostesses of yesteryear. In 1930, Ellen Church became the world's first airline stewardess, working a Boeing flight from Oakland, California, to Chicago. The flight took 20 hours and involved 13 stops. Church was a registered nurse who later became a pilot, but the idea of having nurses onboard caught on. Except times being what they were, the nurses were "sky girls." They had to be single, under 25, no taller than 5-feet-4, and weigh no more than 115 pounds. By the '60s, stewardesses were basically hot-pants and go-go boot wearing model/waitresses. My mom was a TWA flight attendant back in the day (the gloves and miniskirt were mandatory) and she says, "It was loads of fun. We were like celebrities. But we hated the fact that they weighed us once a month. You couldn't be over 135 lbs." [Wired, Wired]