Jacket, 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

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Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


fabric (cotton?), fabric (synthetic?), chrome plated metal alloy, thread, ribbon


  • Clothing (On Mannequin): 44.5 × 46 × 18cm (17 1/2 × 18 1/8 × 7 1/16 in.)
  • Other (Sleeve Length): 61cm (24 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Cream-colored cloth with red and silver trim on shoulder straps, lapel and cuffs. Two rows of chrome buttons down front. Embroidered in red on left chest: "Flight Steward", on left sleeve: "Eastern Air Lines". Three red bars denoting three years service on lower left sleeve above left cuff.



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