It’s been 70 years since our first flight attendant, Birdie Perkins, flew from Atlanta to Fort Worth, Texas, on the inaugural flight of our 14-passenger Douglas DC-2 on March 16, 1940. The trip took five hours in those days, and the stewardesses worked in unpressurized, unair-conditioned cabins, but the job had glamour! “You felt like a little celeb,” remembered Sybil Harmon, another of our early flight attendants.
Check out all the colorful uniforms and insignia worn by Delta flight attendants from 1940-today at the new Delta Museum’s Uniform Timeline.
Learn more about 1940s Delta In-Flight Service.
See an earlier post for a video tribute to Delta flight attendants through the years.
Thank you, flight attendants, for all you do!