They were stewardesses back in the 1960s. An author worked as one for six years at two different airlines and shares her stories in Behind the Smile.
Men wore suits, alcohol flowed freely, and everyone smoked. That was the aviation experience in the 1960s.
An author who traveled the world back then has written about her experiences on the job.
"It was wonderful. You just can't believe how great it is. We stayed in the best hotels, beautiful luxurious hotels," Bobbi Phelps Wolverton said.
They were called stewardesses back in the 1960s. Bobbi Phelps Wolverton worked as one for six years at two different airlines.
"We had to be between 21 and 28. We had to be between 5'2" and 5'8" and we couldn't weigh - even if you were 5'8" - you couldn't weigh over 135 pounds. You couldn't wear glasses," she explained.
Speaking more than one language was a job requirement so she told the interviewer she could speak five.
"In reality I had French in college, Spanish in high school, I spoke English, my girlfriend in Connecticut taught me one phrase in German, and I had a third grade open pal that spoke... that was Japanese. But luckily no one tested me," she said.
She's been telling the stories like that for years but a memoir class at Tellico Village convinced her to turn them into a book, Behind the Smile.
"Every time you went to a place someone would say oh my gosh look at the girls and they would turn and watch us as we walked through the airport," she said.
Bobbi and the other flight attendants had to wear high heels when they walked through the airport and of course they were in their designer uniforms.
The full title of her book is Behind the Smile: Sex, Humor, and Terror During the Glamour Years of Aviation.
She shares a lot of funny stories and some of them are a little racy. As for the terror, there's plenty of that.
"Going in to Vietnam was always exciting. We were shot at 100% of the time. But all of them were hand pistols. So we had holes in our fuselage and when we would land the cockpit crew would walk around and they would do a duct tape or a speed tape over the holes then we would fly on to Japan and they would repair them," she said.
She remembers one event in particular because it was so emotional.
"A man came back to us and he didn't say a word and I thought he wanted to go in to the restroom so I said they're free, open the door. And he said as softly as can be, my baby's not breathing," she said.
You'll have to read the book to find out how that one ends.