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    Re: Tragedy strikes TWA aircraft navigator
    From: Sam Lyness
    Date: 2016 Feb 16, 21:26 -0500
    Jackson, my late sister, June Lyness ( Nugent), see attached, was one of two stewardesses on that flight but not the one in the cockpit.  She was in the cabin managing the passengers.   I was just 12 years old at the time.  She did not want to talk about it except to express her luck and that her companion would have likely gone out the hole if it were not for the purser.   Until now I had no idea the port my sister described was for a celestial navigational bubble.  I thought and I think she thought it was just a viewing port that someone bumped and broke.  I can't remember for sure but as I recall she said the flight crew was expected to wait in Gander and work the replacement flight to Geneva since TWA was a newcomer to international flights competing with PanAm and only a limited number of TWA flight crews were trained and certified at that time for international flights.   Howard Hughes had just purchased TWA and changed the name from Transcontinental and Western Arilines to TransWorld Airlines.  Thereafter, my sister became the model for TWA and many such pictues appeared in advertisements for TWA.   We were very proud of her and we had a number of free flights around the country on DC3s.   Thanks for this most informative vignette.  Sam Lyness

    On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 3:58 PM, Jackson McDonald <NoReply_McDonald@fer3.com> wrote:

    From the Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Washington, D.C.



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