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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


AVIATION CAREER AFTER ONA 1978


Following is a list of Airlines I worked for after ONA went out of business in 1978.

Capitol International Airways – Boston, Logan Airport – Station & Maint. Rep. Servair - Boston, Logan Airport – Station & Maint. Rep. for Braniff Braniff International Airways – Boston, Logan Airport – A & P Mechanic Line Maint. – Atlantic Int’l Airlines – New Airline (B-727 A/C) starting up in Boston – Dir. of Maint. –– Elan Air, Corp. – Chelsea, MA – DC-8-55 (1 A/C) – Flt. Engineer – Capitol Air, Inc. – Smyrna, TN – DC-8’s A/C – Flt. Engineer –\ Rich Int’l Airways – Miami, FL – DC-8’s A/C – Chief Flt. Engineer/Ck. Airman - Trans Global Airlines – Miami, FL/ Newark, NJ – Chief Flt. Engineer/Ck. Airman – Connie Kalitta Flying Services – Willow Run Airport, Ypsilanti, MI – Flt. Engineer – The company (old ONA) had called me three or four times during the period of ‘79’ thru ‘84’, asking me if I wanted a job, but I always had a job at the time. But when they called this time I didn’t have a job, so I took their offer, (May 18, 1985). This was when their name was National Airlines, Inc. – JFK Airport, Jamaica, NY. The uniform caps were white. They were flying DC-8- 63F, -71F & -73F cargo aircraft, so I had to get qualified on the 71 & 73 aircraft. (Furloughed Between Feb. 1, 1967 to June 30, 1967- (5 Months)
Hired by National Airlines, Inc. (old ONA) – 1½ Months –
Mar. 1985 to May 1985) Check Capt. was Bill Hobbs and Chief Flt. Engineer was Bill Parks and Ck. Flt. Engineer Bill Mogey. I had ground school at JFK Airport and Simulator at UAL Denver, CO. After I got checked out and was only flying about a month when I got furloughed (Apr. 30, 1985), due to them losing a contract. Bill Mogey, Irene Miller and Jack Hollington I sure did like flying those DC-8-71 & 73 aircraft with the bigger engines, much quieter and the extra power was great. Well. this ends my longest employment with any airline during my career, eleven years plus a little, but I must say Overseas National Airways crews and personnel were the best and I enjoyed flying with this airline the most of any I flew with.

The following is a list of airlines I worked for after National Airlines, Inc. till I retired in 2000

Eagle Air – Iceland – DC-8’s – Flt. Engineer – Five Star Airlines – Boston Logan Airport – L-1011 (2 A/C) – Flt. Engineer – Flight Crews Int’l – LA, CA – Crews Contract to ferry UAL L-1011-500 A/C between Taiwan & Hong Kong for maintenance – Flt. Engineer – Five Star Airlines – Boston Logan Airport – L-1011 (2 A/C) – Flt. Engineer – Airborne Express, Inc. – Wilmington, OH – DC-8’s A/C – Flt. Engineer – Five Star Airlines – Boston Logan Airport – L-1011 (2 A/C) – Mgr. of Training/Flt. Engineer – Rosenbalm / Flagship Express Services – Willow Run Airport Ypsilanti, MI – DC-8 Operations Ground Instructor – Hawaiian Airlines – Honolulu, Hawaii – L-1011 A/C’s – Operations Ground Instructor – Atlas Air – JFK Airport Jamaica, NY – B-747-200 & - 400 all cargo – Mgr. of Training / Flt. Manuals Tech Writer – April ‘93’ to July 2000 (7 years) – Retired Retired after working for Twenty different Airlines. Some I worked for two times (Saturn, Rich & Capitol) and two I worked for three times (ONA & Five Star). Four airlines went Chap. 11 I was furloughed from eleven airlines I resigned from nine airlines Twice from Capitol Three times by Five Star Four times by ONA One airline I was locked out because of strike (EAL) Two airlines temporary had their 121 Cert. revoked by FAA (Rich, & Connie Kalitta) One gave their 121 Cert. back to the FAA (Five Star) One had financial cut back (Hawaiian) One had Contract completed (FCI- UAL Contract) My wife always said the strike at Eastern turned out for the best, as I probably would not have had the opportunity to fly to and see all the places in as many counties as I did.






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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IN FOND AND LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF ALL FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US


Warranty - WEBSITE FIRST PUBLISHED AUGUST 30, 2003