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OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS VIETNAM COLLECTION
TRUE STORIES AND FLIGHT EXPERIENCES TOLD BY ONA CREW
PATRONS OF THE VIETNAM COLLECTION ARE ANNE & RON PREED


Wake Island runway

Camh Ranh Bay, Vietnam
Ron and navigator Franzek

RON PREEDE


Convertible DC-8-55 Flagship Contender



Besides flying as a pilot for ONA,
Ras was a Singapore Airlines747 Captain.

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ONA and Vietnam
September 1, 2009
 
Here I am sharing three of my more memorable 
experiences from my time at ONA.  We must remember 
that ONA was very much a part of the American 
military industrial complex; I believe that 
about 60% of ONA’s revenue was generated from 
military contracts.  >> READ MORE


RAS NIELSEN





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Featuring great ONA flight attendants
MARY ANN MILLS

CELEBRATING 45TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
SEPTEMBER 2014 - TO THE SAME AL WHO WAS
CALLING HER IN JAPAN!




ROSEMARIE NEUBER


Unid F/A, Rosemarie Neuber,
Helga Jensen and Annaliisa Wallin


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HELGA JENSEN
STEWARDESS SENIORITY 1966



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ONA Vietnam Experiences


GORAN WRAMBECK





MARILYN HAYWOOD ORR



ONA 1970-1973

The picture in Bien Hoa
or Da Nang.
 
MaryAnn Pryor, Brenda Spenser?,
Marilyn Haywood, Angelika Wolfert,
Linda Graves, Maryellen Droge and
Joanne Staebler. 



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LEO SKELLY
ONA STATION MANAGER TOKYO


Bien Hoa AB

Midnight over Bien Hoa
READ MORE

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Convertible DC-8-55 Flagship Resurgence

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Nettie, Teddi & Fifi

NETTIE MILLER

I was on the first crew flying into Viet Nam in 1966 and was based
in Tokyo for 2 months flying back and forth into Da Nang and Bien Hoa.
Fifi LaBine flew from McGuire AFB and Teddy Pakosta was based in Alaska.
Teddy of course was number 1 on the seniority list but wanted to go to
Alaska and said: "Nettie, you go first to Tokyo", so I was very lucky
to have had that experience. I am anxious to hear about other ONA crew
experiences!

MY WONDERFUL ONA



Guam Regency Hotel

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JOYCE OLSON MATHEWS

Last day of troop withdrawal
at Danang Airport, March 1973.
Joyce Olson, Lowie Brannan,
Denise DiAmicias, and Pet Kempson.

Getting the steam up!


ONA - what a wonderful experience

Diane at Danang Vietnam

DIANE CHENAULT PARKE



ANNETTE SCMITT TRACY


Layover in Tokio / Tachikawa
destination Vietnam




Tachikawa Rail Station

Ode to the MPs


Military Police in the Vietnam War

MARGARETA NISSER, NEW YORK



Margareta, Pam Greene McClune, Annaliisa Wallin
and June Kolb at ONA NY 2003 reunion.

My first Vietnam flight was to Hanoi. I remember I was
there with F/A Camille Glenn (Perry). We were offered
sightseeing by the MP to the civilian airport.
After that flight I also flew Danang, Bien Hoa and Camh
Ranh Bay.

FLYING AS A LIVING

Camille and Thurston Perry

Brown-eyed CAMILLE GLENN hails from
Louisville, Kentucky. Before flying, she worked in
Rome, Italy for three years as an assistant in a
department store and as a model for one year.

CAMILLE GLENN




CAUGHT BY THE POLICE IN TOKIO!

INGRID NILSSON,
STOCKHOLM SWEDEN


Eivor Johansson Hedin,
Teddy Pakosta,
Ayla van Minden,
Ingrid Nilsson
and Marie Warberg Curman

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Ken celebrating his 96th birthday!

Captain Kenneth Healy, ONA Chief Pilot
for the DC-7 Pacific Division based in
Oakland, Ca. 1959 through 1961. Ken
left ONA to complete his career with
World Airways as a senior executive
and flying the B-707, 727, 747, DC-8
and DC-10.

CAPTAIN KEN HEALY

The last flight from DaNang, Vietnam
World Airways 1975

"Cargo hatches filled with
people who fell out in flight."


Ken Healy and Bill Keating

Vietnam Drama by Ken Healy


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ONA Chief Pilot Ken Healy


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Elisabeth at Camh Ranh Bay

ELISABETH GYLLMAN
STOCKHOLM SWEDEN


Eivor Johansson and Elisabeth
VIETCONG EAR IN A JAR


Jaquie in red dress in the center of photo
and Barbara Kedney all the way to the left.

JACQUIE LAW, MICHIGAN

GIs in Vietnam

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MAGGIE ZEIBAK


Return to Tent City
by Maggie Lloyd Zeibak
ONA VIETNAM AIRLIFT

ONA California editor
Maggie Zeibak in
San Clemente Journal
Page turner bottom right
corner - go to pages 15,
55, and 61

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JOANNE SCOTT

Great ONA stories
told by JoAnne Scott!

You donīt want to miss this!



Gene Kirschenbaum and
Bob Boettcher, Spring
1975. Taken at Patrick
Air Force Base


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MARY JANE SEERY TALBOTT


Mary Jane Seery Talbott, Arnelle Pappas Meyer,
Pauline Horton Bagdonas

I graduated from Overseas National Airways 
DC-8-63F Flight Attendant Initial Training 
in April 1972 and was based out of New York.

READ MORE >>

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LEE WATERS


SIGRID MONKEMEYER WATERīs
HUSBAND
Dudley F. Waters Collection - 
For those of you who may be 
interested in a part of the 
actual historical record, 
Texas Tech has built the 
second largest collection 
of memorabilia about the 
Vietnam wars.  So far I 
have donated about 170 of 
my personal items for their 
entry into the virtual record.  

All of my donated slides 
were taken by me or of me 
during my time (March 1967 - 
March 1968) flying the C-7A 
Caribou performing combat 
support missions over there. 
To check it out, go to 
Texas Tech Vietnam Archives,
then click on The Virtual 
Vietnam Archive, then click 
on "Search the Virtual 
Archive".  

Then type in 
"Dudley F. Waters Collection".  
That should get you to my 
donated slides.  You will 
even be able to see some 
pictures of the python I 
had as my pet while 
I was over there!  


US AIR FORCE PILOT LEE WATERS
ONA CREW: TO CONTRIBUTE
Fill in civil airline
employees form
and send to
historian Laura Calkins at Texas
Tech University, Vietnam Archive

SIGRID MONKEMEYER WATERS

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Camh Ranh Bay 1969

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AL QUACK - FLIGHT ENGINEER

Vietnam
Camh Ranh Bay and Da Nang

Based in Tokyo

The ONA crews were temporarily based in Japan for the Vietnam round trip flights out of Tokyo. READ MORE

Da Nang AFB Vietnam 1971

Al in ONA uniform 1966










Me and Phil Geraldi

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KARLA MAGNUSON PHILIPPOU


My 9 years with ONA

Japan and Tokio

My second trip was to Japan. We were taking GIs, mostly Navy, Marines and Army to and from bases in Vietnam. Tom Patterson was the captain, and I found out later that he had recently lost his own son in Vietnam. READ MORE

Captain Tom Patterson
Tomīs 25th ONA Anniversary
with Cece Overthrow McCloy
and unidentified!
Bill Armstrong was the copilot, and
Dick Bord was the flight engineer.


Dick Bord and Sam Barilla