Up in the Air

Up in the Air

By Betty Riegel

  • Release Date : 2013-03-28
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 4.17 MB
Score: 5.0
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Up in the Air New York, 1961: the dawn of the commercial Jet Age and a golden era of air travel.

Betty Riegel spent her early childhood hiding in air-raid shelters as bombs dropped all around. From humble working-class roots, growing up with a mother who struggled to make ends meet and a father away at war, she had always dreamed of bigger things.

After responding to an advert in the local newspaper she secured herself an interview for the Pan Am training programme, and at just 22-years-old was selected from thousands of eager young British women to begin a career that would change the course of her life. Betty said goodbye to everything she knew and boarded a plane to New York, a city full of noise, towering skyscrapers and promise.

Under the watchful eye of her 'housemother', Dottie, Betty mastered the art of being the perfect Pan Am stewardess; everything from faultless etiquette, geography and safety to seamless make-up application, how to charm influential passengers and preparing five-course Parisian cuisine at 37,000 feet. But no amount of training could have prepared her for the rollercoaster of life in the air.

Up in the Aircharts the gruelling yet fabulous life aboard the most iconic airline there has ever been, and how a young woman from Essex opened her eyes to the world and lived her dream.


  • Up in the air

    By Lorrie-Lou
    Fantastic book, laugh out loud moments. Read this in one evening, such a wonderfully written book
  • Andrew Haill

    By Starrieshillane
    I work as cabin crew and this book has given me a real insight as to how the glamour days of flying set the scene for the job I do today. I have been flying for 14 years and have seen a few dramatic changes in that time, but it has been a real journey reading this book and has even put some sparkle back into the job I do now... Thank you Betty for sharing your memories and re kindling some of my own.
  • Up in the Air

    By GlenysAnne
    A fascinating story of an English girl making good after the horrors of WW2.