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Dorothy Allen and Carol Gounaris Flying Tiger Flight Attendant Collection

Identifier: 2010-04-14-A
The collection is comprised of primarily textual materials with a small amount of photographs that are related to Dorothy (Jesseman) Allen and Carol (Prentice) Gounaris who worked for the Flying Tiger Line as flight attendants, 1960-1964. The collection has been sorted into two series.

Series I, Dorothy Allen materials, is the bulk of the collection. It includes Flying Tiger employee documentation in the form of a 1962 flight attendant seniority list, cholera vaccination certificate, and a food handling certification letter; Allen's passport; and assorted ephemera, including Japanese paper currency and conversion table, a hand-drawn map of a section of Tokyo, Japan, and several Japanese-language business cards. There are also three photographs, two in black-and-white and one in color. The sizes vary from 3.5x3.5" to 5x7".

The color photograph is a casual snapshot of fellow flight attendant, Gigi Morelli, and has an inscription to "Dot" on the reverse dated August 28, 1964, "No words can real[ly] express how great you are, but I must say you are my only best friend. For the years to come a rememberance of the early days. May tomorrow bring your dreams to reality. Sincerely, Gigi."

The black-and-white photographs both depict Allen; one in her Flying Tiger uniform next to her mother and the other she stands alone next to a wall. The images have accompanying text, written by Allen, that provide context.

Series II, Carol Gounaris materials, contains a poem by Gounaris on September 22, 1960. It is handwritten on Capitol Airways, Inc. letterhead and at some point has suffered slight water damage. There is a typed copy of the poem with the original. Also included is Gounaris' passport, which includes a small head shot of her, and 1962 flight time and expense record log book, cholera vaccination certificate, and a payroll deduction authorization form.


  • 1960-1964


Language of Materials

There are business cards in Japanese. All other 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.


.03 Cubic Feet (2 legal size folders)

Biographical Note: Dorothy Allen

Dorothy (Jesseman) Allen was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 12, 1939. She enlisted in the United States Women's Air Force (WAF) on July 22, 1957, one month after she graduated from Commerce High School in Springfield. Allen attended basic trianing at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB), San Antonio, Texas. She as initially assigned to the 27th Air Division, Air Defense Command at Norton AFB, San Bernadino, California as a Aircraft Control and Warning Operator. In 1959 Allen joined the Miltary Air Transport Service (MATS) as a Flight Traffice Specialist at Palm Beach AFB, Florida. Allen earned her wings with the 76th Air Transport Squadron (MATS) at Charleston AFB, South Carolina. She logged over 1,250 hours and flew in C-121C Super Constellations to destinations in the Azores, Bermuda, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Libya, Newfoundland, Panama, Pakistan, Puerot Rico, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and the Sudan. Allen recieved an Honorable Discharge in 1960 and joined the Flying Tigers as a flight attendant, basedat San Francisco International Airport, California. She served aboard CL-44 Swingtails flying to Alaska, Guam, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Wake Island, and France. She also flew with Slick Airways to the Far East. Later, Allen pursued a career with Pacific Bell, holding management positions in San Francisco, California. She retired in 1987 with 29 years of service. A life-long volunteer, Allen served with various organizations, including activities as a member of Murrieta, California's Veteran's Memorial Committee. In 2009, Allen was honored in a Tribute to Veterans ceremony. As of 2010, Dorothy (Jesseman) Allen was an active member of Women in Military Service for America and was residing in California.


Biography provided by donor.
Biographical Note: Carol Gounaris Carol Ann (Prentice) Gounaris was born on April 23, 1939. She was a flight attendant with Flying Tiger Lines, circa 1960s. No further information is known.


Biography derived from collection materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Dorothy Allen.

Separated Materials

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

  • Flying Tiger Line flight attendant jacket and skirt
  • Capitol Airways wings pin


Guide to the Dorothy Allen and Carol Gounaris Flying Tiger Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 2
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Revision Statements

  • May 2020: Updated related agents.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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