Cap, Flight Steward, Eastern Air Lines


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:


Eastern Air Lines, circa 1938

Following the maritime tradition of male stewards, Eastern Air Lines issued this distinctive uniform for its cabin staff. John Brisendine wore this uniform while serving aboard

DC-3s in the late 1930s. The three red stripes denote his three years of service. Eastern was one of the last major carriers to introduce stewardesses, and then only when World War II thinned its male staff.

Gift of John Brisendine

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


cotton, chrome plated metal alloy, plastic, leather, silver alloy, enamel (red, light blue, dark blue), thread


Clothing: 25.5 × 28 × 12cm (10 1/16 in. × 11 in. × 4 3/4 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Cap with visor. White cotton cloth with black elastic headband, chrome chin strap, black leather visor. Blue, red and silver E.A.L. circular enameled insignia on front.



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