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Pan Am Flight Attendant Shares Stories

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Library is very pleased to host an event for Genie Pratt, who will present “The Golden Age of Flight: The Rise and Fall of PAN AM”.

Genie will take her audience through the history of the Flying Clipper Ships as they revolutionized world travel. Specifically, she will describe the history of Pan Am Airlines which became a prominent American ambassador to the world.

Pan Am pioneered overseas passenger service, in-flight meal service, radio communications and instrument flight techniques. The airline also introduced jets and built many of the world’s landing strips and airports.

Pan Am played a crucial role in World War II and the Vietnam War as they assisted the State Department, Department of Defense and the CIA. They provided R&R flights for military personnel as well as evacuating many U.S. citizens from hostile situations.

She’ll share stories and more than 200 historical images describing this “Golden Age of Flight”.

Genie Smith PrattGenie was born in Cedar City, Utah, and raised in Calabasas, California. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Education and earned an M.S. from California State University, Fresno. During the 1970’s, Genie worked for Pan Am. She was based in Washington D.C., New York City and London. She primarily flew in Europe, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East. Eventually she traveled to 64 counties while working as a flight attendant.

She did promotional work for the airline in Europe and Washington DC. Currently, Genie resides in Clovis and is on the faculty at West Hills College.

You’ll really enjoy meeting Genie and learning about this exciting time in American history. The event will be held in the Library’s new Community Room on Mar. 15, at 1 p.m. If you have any questions about this special event, please call the Library at

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