Kathy Mexted was a teenager when the possibility of becoming a pilot entered her head. The year was 1978, and she was airborne in a plane commanded by her father. The latter turned to his daughter and remarked: ‘If you’d like to learn to fly, I’ll pay for it.’ Nonetheless, it would take twelve years for the author to seriously pursue her piloting ambitions. This delay was due to several factors, not least of which was that flying has long been a ‘male dominated industry’.

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Prudence Black: The Flight Attendant's Shoe

Susan Sheridan
Thursday, 24 November 2011

Total demeanour

Susan Sheridan


The Flight Attendant’s Shoe
by Prudence Black
New South, $49.95 pb, 368 pp, 9781742232560


The international air hostess was the ultimate twentieth-century modern girl – mobile, cosmopolitan, glamorous. She was pai ...