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ONA stories by Al Quack
My ONA and Other
Aviation Experiences
by Al Quack



Al in ONA uniform 1966


Cockpit of ONA N864 DC-8-63


ONA DC-8-55F Contender at Travis AFB


Contender


Air Siam Flt Hawaii July 1971


ATLANTA EMERGENCY LANDING
Al Quack tells about his experiences
flying as a flight engineer for ONA.

Warner Robins AFB

I remember one trip out of Warner Robins AFB just south of Atlanta on Take-off, after V1 we heard all kinds of loud noises coming from the nose wheel well till just after airborne. The pilots were going to retract the gear at the normal time, when I said wait a minute you donít know what kind of damage we have and you may not get the gear down and locked again. This was when Eastern still had Electraís in service and I suggested to the Captain to fly the aircraft at gear down max speed to Atlanta (they have long runway there) and make an Emergency landing and then let Eastern fix it. The Captain agreed and he made a perfect landing holding the nose gear off as long as he could, not knowing whether we had flat nose tire(s). On post flight inspection we found both nose tire recaps gone (both tires stayed inflated), both nose wheel taxi lights smashed, nose wheel steering cables damaged and minor damage to nose wheel doors. We all went to the hotel and Eastern called us when they had our aircraft repaired. It was about this time I heard the whole Electra operation and crews were going to be moved to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma very soon. Also about this same time ONA came out with a DC-8 Crew Bid for which I had been waiting and it couldnít have come at a better time for me. I sure didnít want to fly out of Oklahoma while having our home in Massachusetts.






ONA AC 864 at Dacca Bangladesh 1974 - ONA DC-8 N1976 in Spain 1975 - ONA DC-7C 1966




Al Quack in National uniform with daughter Susan
Jeri Quack in EAL Uniform Miami 1959
Al in ONA Uniform 1966
Al & Jeri - Fifty Years Wedding Anniversary 1959 - 2009


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