Collection ASM0452 - World Wings International, Inc. Records

Aviation History Web Collection

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World Wings International, Inc. Records


  • 1946-2012 (Production)

Importance matérielle

65 Boxes

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Portée et contenu

Formed in 1959, World Wings International is an association of former Pan Am flight attendants that now dedicates itself to charitable activities.  This collection includes the administrative records of the organization as well as scrapbooks, photographs, membership and annual meetings files, correspondence and financial records.

Lilian Walby

Lilian was born and raised in Denmark and educated as an Industrial Engineer. After working in that field for a few years, she responded to a recruitment ad by Pan American Airways which was looking for Danish speaking stewardesses. Wishing to experience more of the World, she accepted the position as stewardess. Lilian completed her training in Miami and was based in New York, flying throughout the Pan Am system. She met her future husband, who was a pilot for Eastern Airlines, and they were married on the former Danish island of St. Thomas in 1970. They moved to Miami in 1971, and Lilian continued to fly out of New York for several more years. She spent the rest of her Pan Am career as a Cabin Crew instructor and recruiter in Miami.

Lilian became a mother in 1977 and gave birth to her daughter, Karen, who today is a Marine Biologist married and living in Miami. Lilian then became active in the organization of former Pan Am Flight Attendants, World Wings International, Inc., and was elected to the position of President of the Miami Chapter in 1978. She became a member of the International Board of Directors of World Wings in 1985 as Recording Secretary, and as Vice-President of Charity, she administered the selection of CARE as World Wings International's official charity. Before being elected as the International President of World Wings in 1993, Lilian compiled the official archive of historical documents and materials of World Wings International as Board Archivist and presented the collection in 1993 to the University of Miami's Richter Library. She continues to add to this collection. Before retiring from the International Board of World Wings in 1999, Lilian also created a Time Capsule for the organization to be reopened in 2024.

Currently, Lilian serves as the Vice-President of the Pan Am Historical Foundation in the position as Chair of the Archives and memorabilia and Director of the Latin and Caribbean division of the Foundation.

Mode de classement

The collection has been organized into two series. The first series represents the original accession of materials. The second series is an additional donation, processed in 2013.

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Conditions d’accès

This collection is open for research.

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Conditions de reproduction

World Wings International Records Finding Aid © 2000 University of Miami. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Langue des documents

  • anglais

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Source immédiate d'acquisition

Gift of Lilian Walby, Irene Schwarz, Renate Van Kempena, and Joanne Swift for World Wings International, Inc. Materials continue to be added to the collection as they are acquired.

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Sources complémentaires

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A guide prepared by Maria R. Estorino, December 2006

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