Thursday, January 22, 2015


Soon!  We will celebrate the Boeing 707 Inaugural Flight of January 25, 1959. I ask myself over and over, "Has it really been 56 years?"  Yes, the years slip by and the memories of that historical flight for American Airlines are as real as the yesterday years. The excitement was stepping from the Propeller powered aircraft to the Jet powered aircraft.  I remind myself that the most of you out there do not know how it was to fly on those wonderful aircraft before the Jet age.
Photo by Jon  Proctor DC-7B
Photo by Bill Proctor Convair 240

Photo by Jon Proctor   DC-6

Yes, there was time to learn our guests names, hang 
coats, have a pillow in hand along with a blanket, 
pass out magazines, hug babies, and welcome them 
again and again with the same hospitality.

Then came the beautiful Boeing 707 for us to learn 
a new way of life. 

This photo was taken by Jon Proctor  
Boeing 707


Captain Macatee

This was the day January 25, 1959

Jane put on my 
flight topper 
and helped me
serve the meal. 
So fun!
She was the 
actress in the 
movie:  Three
Guys named
She played the
AA stewardess.

Peaceful and Happy Landings
from Argie Hoskins

Flagship California design Phillip Nicholson
Gratefully for all who read this history

Friday, January 2, 2015


The year was 1959 and there was excitement in the air. American airlines was entering the age of moving the air transportation business from the well traveled and faithful propeller driven aircraft to the new world of jet travel. As stewardesses we were excited and knew that our world was changing.
 And then it  happened on January 25, 1959, I prepared myself for that moment in time which would never happen again. The Inaugural Flight saluted the Boeing 707 commercial jet as it crossed the United States with a bow to history as we stepped toward a new world of travel. The thought that raced through my heart and head like lightening through my body was "Am I ready and I still couldn't believe what was happening and how I could be so honored."


 Norman Rice, Marilyn Rutkowski, Edna Garrett,  Charles Macatee, Argie Hoskins, Lou Szabo, Claire Bullock. Bill Duncan

 The following is a glance at a page in the book:  More Than a Ticket 


It was commercial aviation’s first transcontinental jet flight, a flight that
brought east and west coasts three hours closer together and revolutionized
an airline, an industry and the nation’s transportation system.

“We got off 20 minutes late because of the ceremonies at Los Angeles.
But we were fortunate enough to catch tailwinds that at times were in excess
of 150 knots. We arrived at New York on schedule, exactly four hours
and 3 minutes after takeoff.” . . .

Hundreds of people, including a 25-piece brass band, turned out at
Idlewild to welcome the first transcon jet (more than 25,000 had seen it
off at LAX). Newsmen, government officials and movie stars were aboard,
including actress Jane Wyman (“who for some reason I kept calling Mrs.
Lyman,” Captain Macatee recalled).

C. R. Smith, also aboard, told AAers in a special issue of Flagship News to
“take a bow to history, for you are a part of it today. The piston-engined
airplane will retain our affection, for it has done so much for us and for air
transportation. Today, we have a new area of expectation, for the bright
promise of what the turbine-powered airport will bring lies ahead of us.”

Astrojet News vol. 24, no. 2, January 27, 1969. Photo courtesy of Beth Macatee Snyder.

Sent to me by Captain Macatee's generous daughter.

With this flying adventure comes the desire to thank American Airlines for the opportunity to be a team member with a wonderful airline company. So I wrote a book.

More Than a Ticket  Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets   by Argie Hoskins

This book has 12 wonderful contributors which adds a depth of history that only they could add. As a special note to days gone by, you will slip into the past to enjoy the thrill of  what it meant to fly through the clouds of time.