Japanese American Pioneers of the Jet Age

May 2007 – May 2009

National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA

Boeing Aviation Hangar Floor Plan

In 1955, Pan American World Airways—in an effort to become the pre-eminent carrier for routes over the Pacific—recruited Japanese American stewardesses as ambassadors to the growing tide of world travelers and established an Asian language base in Honolulu. Photographs and such memorabilia as uniforms, flight bags, and scrapbooks provide a peak at the role of these Japanese America stewardesses.