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    Up in the Air: The Real Story of Life Aboard the World's Most Glamorous Airline (Paperback) By (author) Betty Riegel

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    Description'In her fascinating new book, Betty Riegel reveals how she lived the high life as a stewardess for Pan Am, the world's more glamorous airline'- Daily Mirror At the age of 22, Betty Riegel was plucked from more than a thousand eager young British women who had applied to be part of the Pan Am programme and was sent to New York to learn the art of being the perfect stewardess. Growing up in a working-class family with parents who struggled to make ends meet. In her early twenties, she saw an advert in the local newspaper and secured herself an interview for the Pan Am training programme. She was weighed and measured, and declared 'desirable' enough to earn a coveted place. Betty said goodbye to her parents and her high-school sweetheart, boarded her first plane to New York, and landed in Manhattan - a city full of noise, traffic, towering skyscrapers and promise. Under the watchful eye of her housemother, Dottie, Betty was taught deportment, geography, safety, make-up application and how to charm the passengers. But nothing prepared her for the rollercoaster of life in the air - preparing five-course Parisian cuisine from scratch in the galley of the plane, mixing cocktails at an open bar, serving lobster thermidor and two-foot-long fillets of beef to each passenger's specification. Scrambling 280 eggs for breakfast in severe turbulence and teaching the mashed potato dance to a Saudi Prince - Betty lived the dream.

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    Up in the Air
    The Real Story of Life Aboard the World's Most Glamorous Airline
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Betty Riegel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 209 g
    ISBN 13: 9781471112263
    ISBN 10: 1471112268

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BISAC V2.8: NON000000
    BIC subject category V2: BM, KNGV
    BISAC V2.8: TRA002040
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    DC23: 387.7092
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    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    15 August 2013
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    Author Information
    Betty is 72 and lives in Delaware with her husband and two sons and regularly travels to the UK.