I just returned to NYC from Madrid. I slept all the way here, so I barely noticed the cramped seats, the bad food, the terrible movie, and the bad uniforms of the stewardesses. Back in 1979, I would have noticed.
Yes, back in 1979 I flew to Sweden in SAS, and I still can remember the blondes in the pretty uniforms, their eyes, and their smiles. Which means I noticed (maybe too much, given my passion for the Sweden, Norway, and Denmark—although I blame Lego for that one). Those affable, efficient women hosted the Golden Age of aeronautics, being professional, attentive, sympathetic, and yes, absolutely sexy.
Fast forward to 2009. Now they are called "flight attendants." And while I know that this will sound sexist, I thing it is not: Is there any frikkin' reason why female flight attendants wear the most horrible suits now? Do long legs interfere with the airplane avionics? Perhaps short skirts mess up the ILS? Are the dreadful hairdos and make-up bad for the fly-by-wire system? Is there any excuse to make people look bad except to match the rest of the flight experience?
I wish I had answers for you. Instead, here are some pretty pictures from those years of glamour and happiness on the air. [Images from Dark Roasted Blend]