Trousers, Flight Steward, Eastern Air Lines

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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.

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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