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UACI 747
Saudi colors
June 1979 -
Febr 1981

Douglas
DC-8-55F
N851F,
Flagship Resurgence

Electra
L-188C N182H

DC-7B N953P
Oakland AP 1967

DC-8-55
Travis AFB,
CA 1969

DC-8 Zurich
Switzerland
July 1975

Steedman accepting
first DC-10

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DC-8 nose from Horizons

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Cece McCloy on Secretariat


SECRETARIAT


Secretariat Belmont Races 1973

Hi ONA CREW!

The film SECRETARIAT came out mid
October 2011. Secretariat is the
the big red horse that won the
Triple Crown. I was watching a
program on the horse and it had
real footage and some scenes from
the movie.

I was so excited that after the
horse had run its last race it did
an honor lap around the racecourse
then they loaded him onto the
aircraft to go home to retirement
and ... IT WAS OVERSEAS NATIONAL
on the real footage! I called George
Flavell and he told me that the
owners were so pleased with Overseas
National when they flew Secretariat
one time that we had the exclusive
contract to fly Secretariat everywhere.
So if the film is sticking with reality
they will use Overseas National.

It is the Electra equipment. Do any
of the Electra guys remember flying
Secretariat?

We send our love to everyone,
Dave and Cece McCloy

Bill Beyers on Secretariat



BIG RED - SECRETARIAT

Along with Mel Freedman I met
the DC-9 that brought Big Red
(Sectretariat) into JFK. I also
was right on hand when the L-188
took him to ORD.

Another story that comes to my
mind, was when Secratariat came
into JFK. I was there to meet the
A/C,a DC-9, so I was standing
waiting for the crew to open the
cargo door,and next to me was Mrs
Twitty ( the owner) and the
insurance broker(who was insuring
the horse while he traveled, the
pax door opened and the groom was
there, and he saw us and said that
Big RED banged this head on the
ceiling up front of the cabin,
at this time I looked over at the
insurance man and I thought he was
going to faint. On the DC-9 the
front of the cabin has a section
where the ceiling drops a few inches
compaired to the rest of the cargo
compartment. The ceiling panel where
RED hit his head is of a very soft and
light material,so no harm was done to
the horse, only the A/C had a dent in
the ceiling.
Bill Beyers

BABY ELEPHANTS AND
LIPPIZANER HORSES

Do you remember? Let Lou Eversmeyer
freshen up your memory!

AIR SIAM

Flying the Air Siam trips with
split loads - cockpit crew was ONA
and the cabin was Thai crew. One trip
we had 3 baby elephants in the cargo
portion!

VIENNA AUSTRIA

We brought the Lippizaner horses
from Vienna to NY for their show
at Madison Square Garden.
Do you remember the wonderful
summer nights inVienna?


Lou Eversmeyer and Balsey Dewitt

Lou Eversmeyer


Tom Fenwick with Sue Hawkins
in Kairo 1978

TOM FENWICK
IN MEMORIAM

Tom Fenwick on Secretariat
ONA´s interest in flying racehorses
began in the early seventies. Our
Electras were geared to the problems
of flying horses (imagine how much
damage can be done to aluminum by three
hours of urine from 20 horses). We
designed a plastic liner loaded with
a moisture absorbing material.

Walk-thru stalls were designed so that
the first one could be loaded in the
rear and subsequent critters moved
forward and gate "barriers" installed
for each animal.

Shippers were attracted to flying as
a horse could race in (Miami), be flown
to (NY) and be ready to run the next
day whereas two or three days on the
road reqired a long rest period. After
winning the TRIPLE CROWN, Secretariat
was flown from from NY to Calif (as I
recall) by Earl "Ugh" Howe (Chief
of the ONA Warner Robins tribe) in an
airplane all his own. One stall for one
horse! Later DC9s were geared for horses.

The only other time I recall a horse
having his own airplane was a horse I
picked up in Miami and flew to NY. I
asked a trainer who this obviously
special horse was and he told me he
belonged to (Mrs Gotrocks). Further
inquiry revealed that the horse had
cost the woman $1200 five years before
and that when Mrs Gotrocks went to
Miami for the winter she always took
her beloved horse with her. Flying was
the answer to her prayers as highway
travel made "the poor thing" much too
tired!

Missing colleagues and friends

ONA CREW
In Loving Memory








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