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Karen (Jones) Sandaas United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2021-11-01
The Karen (Jones) Sandaas United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection is a small collection consisting of brochures collected by Karen Sandaas during her time as a flight attendant for United Airlines from 1965-2003. The brochures are predominantly advertisements related to a career as a stewardess for United Airlines and the qualifications needed. One booklet titled "United Flight Blazer Look" illustrates the uniform pieces designed by Stan Herman. There is one clipping from 1938 illustrating the highlights of a being a flight attendant. In addition, there are United Airlines brochures and a sound recording advertising the airline’s routes and accommodations.


  • 1938, 1955, circa 1960s-1970s


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.


.05 Cubic Feet (1 letter sized file folder)

Biographical Note: Karen (Jones) Sandaas

Karen Jones Sandaas worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines from 1965-2003. She was born in Seattle, Washington on February 11, 1945. Throughout her career as a flight attendant she flew aboard the Vickers Viscount, Boeing 727, 707, and 747, Douglas DC-8 and Caravelle aircrafts with routes from Chicago, Illinois; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; and Sydney, Australia. Her father and uncle were United Airline captains. Similarly to Karen, her mother and sister worked as flight attendants. Karen J. Sandaas passed away on February 6, 2013.


No further accruals expected.

Separated Materials

The following items have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Objects storage:

  • Flight attendant uniform hats (2);
  • flight attendant uniform scarf;
  • various United Airlines service pins from Karen Jones Sandaas and her father Capt. Edwin Jones;
  • United Airlines Iraq/Desert Storm Flight Medal
Guide to the Karen (Jones) Sandaas United Airlines Flight Attendant Collection
Completed - Level 2
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Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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