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McMullen, Janet Sigurdson


Biographical Note

Jan (Sigurdson) McMullen was from Indiana and went to Ball Sate University where she graduated with a teaching degree. McMullen didn’t want to teach school and read a Cosmopolitan magazine article about foreign jobs. She signed up with the Red Cross and worked with the 101St Airborne Division for a year. After teaching for a year, she applied to be a Pan Am flight attendant in Denver, Colorado. McMullen flew from January 1969 through 1981 for Pan American Airways (PAA).

While flying, she volunteered with the Dooley Foundation in Laos giving medical aid to refugees. She also went to law school, and Pan Am paid for half of her tuition. McMullen was stationed in Miami, Florida; Washington DC, Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Seattle, Washington. Pan Am flight attendants could be married and have children, unlike other airlines, but did have weight and height restrictions. All flights on Pan Am were international flights and flight attendants were required to speak another language besides English; McMullen spoke German.


Biography provided by donor.

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Janet McMullen Pan Am Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2008-08-03
Contents of the Collection The Janet McMullen Pan Am Flight Attendant Collection is comprised of primarily textual materials collected by McMullen during and after her Pan American Airways (PAA) flight attendant career, 1960-1992.Materials include two (2) oversize Pan Am wall calendars (1960 and 1992); Pan Am ephemera, such as luggage tags, advertising brochures, and a 1966 timetable; employee documents, such as retirement information (1979), an orientation booklet, scheduling documents, and a vacation...

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