Eleanor Hayman Amos
were a total of six stewardesses working for National Airlines in 1941
after I joined the family.
stewardess requirement at that time was a nursing background, and being
a practical nurse my basic training consisted of one round-trip to New
Orleans with NAL's Chief Stewardess Helen Bowen.
had been moved to Jacksonville by this time and the main terminal building
there was a two room frame building approzimately 25 by 35 feet which housed
all departments of the airline.
had just been extended west to New Orleans and south to Miami, and on my
first flight to Miami there were a total of six passengers, all non-revenue.
However, these 14-passenger planes were popular and we soon became acquainted
with our regular commuters between Miami and Tallahassee. These "regulars"
played a big part in making our airline what it is today.
in our early days were of the box type, but delicious, and were boarded
only for the passengers. I well remember our coffee dispenser, it was always
getting stuck (open) and we often returned to home base with coffee colored
panels on our blue uniforms.
months after I joined NAL the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor came
over our radio that fateful day, December 7, 1941. We were 30 minutes out
of New Orleans with about three or four sets of earphones to share with
our passengers. We separated the headpieces and for the remainder of our
trip there were two heads to each earphone. What started out to be strangers
soon became a close-knit group in their anxiety over this tragic news.
back, we had lots of delays and no filets...but flying for National Airlines
was a wonderful experience.
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