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Published on Jun 9, 2010
Courtesy: Prelinger Archives This silent footage of United Air Lines operations at San Francisco was taken from home movies in the Prelinger Archives. According to the UAL webpage: United in 1936 placed the DC-3 twin-engine airplane into service. This innovative 21-seat aircraft is sometimes called the first modern airliner. It could span the United States with four or five fuel stops. Stewardesses served hot meals onboard. The equipment was also more efficient, and the flying time coast-to-coast dropped to less than 18 hours.
With the introduction of the DC-3, the stewardess job became a standard. In 1936 United opened a stewardess training center in Chicago. Instructors taught them how to take tickets, learn passengers' names, and serve hot meals and beverages. To accommodate the ever increasing load factor on its new fleet of airplanes, United in December 1936 opened the world's first flight kitchen in a hangar in Oakland, Calif.