Pan Am is coming back -- to the airwaves, that is.
Pan American Airways, the giant airline that virtually defined air travel from 1927 until its demise in 1991, will get a "Mad Men"-like treatment on a TV show set to debut on ABC in the fall. The "Pan Am" show, which is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. on Sundays and stars Christina Ricci, will follow the lives of stewardesses circa 1963 and their bouts with "passion, jealousy and espionage" at 30,000 feet, according to the show's Facebook page.
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Drama aside, it likely will be the glamour of the golden age of air travel and those snug blue Pan Am uniforms that will seduce viewers to tune in -- again, taking a page from AMC's "Mad Men's" fashion-driven portrayal of Madison Avenue in the same period.
Back then, stewardesses generally couldn't be married or have children and had to meet strict weight standards, but that doesn't mean they lacked substance, said Dan Hagedorn, senior curator at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Although their sexy looks were intended to sell seats, they also had to have the right stuff to qualify as flight crew.