Growing up with the airlines – Bette Nash, pictured here in 1958 in her Eastern Airlines uniform, has served as a flight attendant for nearly six decades.
Bette Nash (third from left) – "I wanted to be a flight attendant from the time I got on the first airplane," says Nash. "The pilot and the flight attendant walked across the hall and I thought 'oh my God,' and I said that was for me."
White-gloved glamor – When she first took flight, planes were a place of luxury -- almost a vacation in itself. It was a sophisticated party in the air, where everyone wore their Sunday best and ate lobster on real china.
The look – "People called it 'Charm School' in those days," Nash recalls. "They took you to the beauty parlor and cut all your hair off and plucked your eyebrows."
Big hair, hot pants – Around 1970, Nash explains, the look started getting a little radical, with pantsuits, bold colors, short dresses and really big hair. "At one point we even went to hot pants."
Technological advances – When Nash first began flying in the '50s, all flight schedules were chalked up on a blackboard, and manuals and regulations came in book form. Pictured: An archive image of incoming and outgoing flights being chalked up circa 1945.
Food service – "You worked harder physically in those days," Nash recalls. "We served this big meal tray."
Pictured: A Canadian Colonial Airways flight attendant serves food and refreshments in the 1940s.