AN EXCITING DAY AT THE SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
On January 25, 2018, I will be celebrating the historical event that changed airline travel! I will be at the Salt Lake International airport, Terminal 2 from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm: location will be at the Weller Book Works. The store is after you go through security and before the escalator. This will be a fun book signing event.
American Airlines, after years of preparation, we danced with joy as the jet was christened Flagship California. It was a day of adventure with Captain Macatee at the controls. Historical!
|Inaugural Flight crew January 25, 1959|
|Captain Macatee with Jane Wyman, actress, singer, and dancer for seven decades.|
|Captain Macatee, Stewardess Argie, and Captain Szabo|
|There was a time when our wings had our names on them and in front of the cabin we displayed a name plate.|
|Argie with a current Flight Attendant and a current pilot for American Airlines.|
Pat Brown, Red Moiser (an American Airlines Executive), President C. R. Smith, Miss Jane
At this point Claire Bullock, who was my roommate and one of the stewardesses, was standing in the front of the craft greeting guests. She was from the South and a totally dedicated fan of Elvis Presley. As she was standing in front of the plane, Elvis’s agent handed her a photo of Elvis to accompany us on the first jet flight. He was in the army. Claire was thrilled. In different locations on the plane, bouquets of yellow and lavender flowers welcomed our guests. Oh yes, the stewardesses received orchids to wear. The entire flight was made up of very influential and successful people, newspaper people, and cameramen, plus other wonderful passengers. Passengers were milling from one cabin to the other, Mercury to Coach. It was like a press conference and confusing for me. The task at hand was to serve our passengers beverage and food with first class service in a very informal atmosphere as one big happy family. I gave Miss Wyman my flight topper to wear that being the dress we wore during the food service. Everyone was having a grand time up in the “dream of sunshine and clouds.” It was a magnificent experience and lots of hard work.
Frank Brady’s book: A Singular View, begins with just one of Captain Macatee’s experiences—successfully landing a hit plane in the crash that cost Brady his eye. Brady writes:
My friends who are involved in the business of flying, these four hours and three minutes were big ones for me also and they always will be!