Bowtie, Captain (Female), United Airlines


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Maternity Uniform

United Airlines, 1990s

In the early 1990s, United became the first airline to issue an official maternity uniform for its female pilots. By then the industry and the traveling public had accepted that all qualified people, regardless of race or gender, could pilot an airliner. Capt. Cynthia Berkeley wore this uniform.

Gift of Capt. Cynthia Berkeley and United Airlines

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by Cynthia Berkeley


Overall: Polyester


Clothing (Flat): 46 × 8 × 1.5cm (18 1/8 × 3 1/8 × 9/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Dark blue polyester bowtie; diagonal gold stripes



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