Necktie, Flight Manager, PEOPLExpress

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

Collection Item Summary:

Flight Manager

PeoplExpress, 1980s

To cut costs and encourage efficiency, PeoplExpress made every owner-employee a “manager.” By eliminating traditional barriers to productivity and easing formalities, the company hoped employees would serve their customers better. This strategy raised morale but caused confusion and actually hurt productivity.

This simple uniform, worn by pilot Mike Petrasko, was identical to that of other managers. It sports no “wings” typically found on pilot uniforms. The FAA eventually made PeoplExpress adopt more conventional uniforms to make flight crew more identifiable to passengers.

Gift of Mike Petraszko

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

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Donated by Michael S. Petraszko

Materials

Polyester, fabric, metal alloy

Dimensions

Clothing: 123 × 7.5cm (48 7/16 × 2 15/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Dark brown with white and thin red stripes with 1/2in. spacing.

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Accessories

Inventory Number

A19880331000