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Pan Am Unbuckled: A Very Plane Diary [Kindle Edition]

Ann Shelby Valentine , Ramona Fillman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fasten your designer uniform buttons while Ms Valentine takes you on an exciting, true-life, Pan Am flight into the world of Iranian caviar and Dom Pérignon Champagne. Serving the rich and famous in first class or hosting planes full of military servicemen on R&R out of Vietnam, the unexpected was often on board. From her first step onto a 707 in 1969, right through the final days of Pan Am in 1991, Ms Valentine is spot-on with her descriptions of people, places and events. It is like taking a first-class roller-coaster ride around the world that will make you smile, laugh and cry.

She ramps up the pace in London, Frankfurt, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beirut, Sydney, and ports between--taking you right there with her. Watch Ms Valentine mix hard work and jet lag with crew parties, romance, self-exploration, family, and "those dreaded weigh ins". On one hand, she is like Bridget Jones--trying to succeed in a male-dominated culture where the scales are constantly in front of her! And, on the other, she is more like Hawk Eye--balancing the dichotomy of a privileged job within a hierarchical military model, at the front of a war zone.

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About the Author

Ramona Fillman: Ramona Fillman grew up in the small Oregon town of Myrtle Creek. She earned degrees in Physical Therapy and MHA in health administration from LLU. She and husband Orvin raised their daughter Tiana on Oahu, Hawaii --where Ramona worked in Pediatric Research with Shriners Hospitals. Her peer-reviewed publications can be viewed on under "fillman r". She currently resides in Napa Valley with husband, dog and four wild cats --where she met Ann Shelby Valentine. Ann Shelby Valentine: Ann Shelby Valentine signed-on with Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) on March 10, 1969 and remained with the airline until it ceased operating in December, 1991. Initially based in New York, she was also based in London, San Francisco, Los Angeles and temporally in Sydney and Tokyo (for her honeymoon). Pan Am sent her round-the-world on a Boeing 707 for her first assignment. During the Viet Nam War she flew R&R flights onto jungle landing strips and participated in the airlift evacuation in April, 1975. During her time-off she traveled on free airline passes to places like Timbuktu, Mali; Elat, Israel; and Truk Lagoon in Micronesia. Valentine was born in Richmond, Virginia, and subsequently lived in Dallas, Coconut Grove, and Tampa. She attended the University of Florida, UC Berkeley and as related in the book, University of Moscow, USSR. She and her husband live in Napa County, California. They have three grown children. Currently she creates Pique Assiette mosaics at her studio in Calistoga.

Product Details

  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (September 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P33NRE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start! October 15, 2011
By Lauren
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I had very low hopes for this book as it was only $0.99 with very little detailing information. I decided to take the risk and buy it, which I am quite pleased about. The book reads as a diary, or now-a-days like a blog. I wish the author started off focusing on herself, rather the trips, as I much preferred those chapters and then the ones that followed. While reading the first chapters I wondered why there wasn't a "how I ended up here" type intro, which came later. The book did come to a rather abrupt end, which I felt could have been drawn out a bit more. Such as more detail on the remaining days of Pan Am, from her point of view. This could easily be twisted into a full length novel, or even make a great fiction story if they so chose. If the new ABC show 'Pan Am' has landed you on this page do not hesitate to buy this great quick read. (book is short, but not TOO short. Finished in 2 nights) Hope the authors continue to write in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat! October 1, 2011
By Gina
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Simply put, what a fabulous read! From one story to the next, the adventures of Ms. Valentine get better and better. It is a tale--A Very Plane Diary--of a woman's independence, freedom, bravery, and above all... compassion and care. To be given a glimpse into the life of a world traveling Pan Am flight attendant and to experience her adventures from her point of view is a real treat. Every time I tried to put it down, I had to keep reading to see what would happen next! I highly recommend Pan Am Unbuckled.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful story and upbeat book October 30, 2011
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Wow! I really enjoyed this book but it went by too fast! As an avid traveller I sensed the excitement and adventure. I would love to meet this woman as she grabs life head-on. Definitely recommed this book. Paid $5.99 and it was well worth it. Ramona Fillman did a superb job capturing the magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diaries of flight attendants are published February 10, 2013
By Siarhei
Format:Kindle Edition
It's excellent book to read about the attendants' mentality. If you wanna know more about astonishing situations during civil flights, there're other books available.
A series consisting of 4 books which are truthfully and frankly told flight attendants' life stories has been published on Amazon's Kindle Store. The books contain stories by stewardesses and stewards, funny dialogues with their passengers. One of the books consists of a photo gallery of the most touching and emotional photos of flight attendants from the real life.
They are
"55 Amazing Stories Told by Stewardesses"

"The Inimitable Humor of Stewardesses: 100 Real Life Situations in Midair"

"Amazing Moments in the Lives of Stewardesses: A Unique Collection of Real Life Pictures",

"Real Life Stories Told by Stewards"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! December 4, 2011
By Mary
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Really enjoyed the stories. Well written but way too short, hope there will be more. Great entertainment for less than a few lattes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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After reading many books on the rise and fall of Pan Am I thought I knew as much as I could about the subject but this enjoyable little book provides a great insight into the personalities of some of those involved. A great read about the airline and the life style and rules that effected the employees. Thanks Ann for an enjoyable read. Wish it were longer but that is the sign of a great book.
Pilot Pete from New Zealand
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pan Am Unbuckled: A Very Plane Diary October 9, 2012
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Delightful! The book is well written, was fun to read, and triggered lots of pleasant memories of my own Pan Am days. Each of us who worked with the "World's Premier Airline" has a little different view of the experience, but there always seems to be a common thread of pride in having been part of a unique time and place in aviation history, and the airline and people that made it happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick, but satisfying trip October 15, 2012
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I thought I was going to read for a few minutes while I was waiting to be picked up from the book fair where I received Pan Am Unbuckled in an author's trade. I was so wrong. When my husband arrived we walked to the pub across the street and for more than an hour I read the diary entires outloud. I choked and sobbed my way through a story of a flight into Saigon and we were hooked to the end. That chapter alone could be it's own book and absolutely a movie. My adult sons, daughters and friends all love it too. Way too go ladies!Crystal Bound
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by H A Prill
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
A fun read
Published 8 months ago by William Wise
4.0 out of 5 stars She said it was a very fun and interesting to read about a woman who...
Gift for my mother who was hired in 71, just about the same time as the author of this book. She said it was a very fun and interesting to read about a woman who went through many... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mpitems
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting, fast read.
I've read a couple of books about Pan Am stewardesses, this one was matter of fact, interesting, light...exactly what I was looking for.
Published 10 months ago by Petunia W.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but short and lightweight. Regretfully there was no ...
Interesting but short and lightweight. Regretfully there was
no coverage of the problems facing PanAm which caused their eventual demise, nor of the Lockerbie disaster. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmmmmmmmm
This is not the Pan Am I remember. It was a much classier operation than this book would lead you to believe.
Published 11 months ago by winnifred reed
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Great
I expected a more in depth book with deeper stories. For the price it a wasn't worth the price. Not recommended
Published 16 months ago by dk
1.0 out of 5 stars Very plain indeed
I had to stop reading after the first chapter. Valentine's book was so boring and her naivete so irritating that I wanted to gag.
Published 20 months ago by txxi
3.0 out of 5 stars Pan Am history
Pretty good review of what happened at Pan Am.
Alas, not as interesting as I anticipated.
There are better historical reviews of this phenomenum.
Published 20 months ago by Allen T. Barnett
4.0 out of 5 stars Pan Am Unbuckled
A fun good read especially since I was a Pan Am flight attendant during the time one of the authors was also flying. Read more
Published on February 9, 2013 by Linda McArthur
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