Helen Hegelheimer

Helen Hegelheimer
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Helen Hegelheimer was in her early twenties when she decided to become an airline stewardess. Her love of aviation and sense of patriotism motivated her to sign up to be a stewardess for World Airways, an airline commissioned by the US government to fly troops in and out of Vietnam. “[Upon arrival to the states], the very worst thing I’ve ever done in my life is answer the question, ‘Do we need to get out of our uniforms?’ The second hardest was saying goodbye to [troops] at the top of the ramp in Vietnam.” Hegelheimer reflects on her PTSD from bringing boys to war, bringing them home to unsupportive families and a dismissive country, and her involvement with the Women’s Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.. 

Helen Hegelheimer, Yuba City, California, 2022
Helen Hegelheimer, Yuba City, California, 2022

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Plans of a Boeing B-797-373C, the plane Hegelheimer worked on, Yuba City, 2022
Plans of a Boeing B-797-373C, the plane Hegelheimer worked on, Yuba City, 2022

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Painting about Vietnam War Stewardesses, Yuba City, California 2022
Painting about Vietnam War Stewardesses, Yuba City, California 2022

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Helen Hegelheimer, Yuba City, California, 2022
Helen Hegelheimer, Yuba City, California, 2022

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