On Sunday night ABC debuted (to solid ratings) its new Mad Men-inspired nighttime soap Pan Am, which follows the exploits of four Pan Am stewardesses in 1963. And while we weren't blown away by the sudsy show, some of the period details did ring true. Of course the show glossed over some aspects of the "golden age of flying" (smoking, sexual harassment) but it also got a few touches right. Pan Am did sometimes send helicopters off their Park Avenue headquarters, and the airline's stewardess were featured in LIFE Magazine. Don't believe us, let's cut to the photos!

Want more pics? Life magazine has two Pan Am galleries waiting for you here (on the companies "glory days") and here (which is all about "stewardess school").