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Susan "Kelly" Riley United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2008-03-06
The Susan "Kelly" A. Riley United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection is comprised of textual materials and photographs related to Riley's career as a stewardess during the 1960s.

There are two (2) United Airlines (UAL) Mainliner Stewardess diplomas (1961, 1963) for Riley; including the cases they were housed in. With each diploma is also a black-and-white group portrait of newly graduated UAL stewardesses. Both portraits are 8x10" and neither include identifying information, such as names or locations.

Additional materials include Riley's last flight schedule written on a scrap of paper; a UAL stewardess courtesy card; and eleven (11) photographs, 1961-1963. The bulk of the images are black-and-white, with one in color, and vary from 2x3" to 3x3". The photographs include two portraits of Riley and one of another stewardess, identified as Mary Lou Barnhart. Additional imags depict a UAL plane on the tarmac and the rest are casual snapshots taken during the stewardess training. Most include captions on the reverse, which provides contextual information such as names, dates, and location.


  • 1961-1963


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.05 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder)

Biographical Note: Susan "Kelly" A. Riley

Susan "Kelly" A. Riley was a United Airlines (UAL) flight attendant in 1960s. Riley trained at the UAL facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

No further information is known.


Biography derived from collection material.

Separated Materials

The following material has been separated from the archival component and is kept in Objects storage:

  • Two (2) United Airlines uniforms with accessories, 1962

Processing Information

The diplomas were originally housed in leatherette certificate cases, but were removed for preservation reasons. The cases have been wrapped in tissue and remain in the collection.


Guide to the Susan "Kelly" Riley United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 1
J. Parent
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Language of description
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1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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