National Airlines Flight 1

In 1937, registered nurse Charlotte Georgie was the only stewardess aboard National Airlines inaugural passenger flight. It was her first flight too. Below is a transcription of the greeting she gave to the passengers:

"Good morning! Welcome aboard Flight One to Miami, with intermediate stops in Tampa, Sarasota and Ft. Meyers. Today's flight is very special, as you are flying National's newest airplane, the Stinson Trimotor along with the personalized service of a stewardess.

Charlotte Georgie

I am Charlotte Georgie, after take off it will be my pleasure to serve you gum, magazines and cigarettes. I will be coming through the cabin to meet all of you personally, pointing out areas of interest as our flight progresses.

We will be flying today at the speed of 125 miles an hour. This "Giant of an Airplane," as the St. Petersburg Times calls it, holds eight passengers and a crew of three. On board we are equipped with two-way radio communications with ground stations at Jacksonville and St. Petersburg.

You may notice that the pilot has to adjust the stabilizer every time I walk up and down the aisle, I assure you that is perfectly normal. Our flight is about to depart from Albert Whited Airport in St. Petersburg, so please take your seat and fasten your seat belt."

Transcript taken from The National Sundowners, an organization for former National Airlines flight attendants

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