Dorothy Hayes talks with her son Keys about her work as an airline stewardess in the 1940s. Dorothy’s uncle urged her to apply for a job with Delta Airlines, and on her first flight, one of her co-workers told her to go into the cockpit and watch the takeoff. “It was the most beautiful thing in the world. I knew then I had the right job. I loved it.”

Originally aired April 20, 2007, on NPR’s Morning Edition.