The Oakhurst Branch Library will host Genie Pratt, author of “The Golden Age of Flight: The Rise and Fall of Pan Am,” at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 15, in the new Community Room.
Pratt 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.
Pratt will share stories and more than 200 historical images describing this “Golden Age of Flight.”
She was 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 1970s, she 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.
Pratt did promotional work for the airline in Europe and Washington DC.
She currently resides in Clovis and is on the faculty at West Hills College.
Details: (559) 683-4838.
-Oakhurst Branch Library