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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


FLAT MAIN TIRES
We heard two main tires blow, but
the Captain kept the aircraft straight.


Landing on two flat main tires (empty airplane).

On Dec.13, 1972 we were doing pilot training in Hawaii with ONA’s DC-8-61 (N867) aircraft. We took-off from Honolulu airport and flew to Hilo airport on the big island to do our training, because they have much less traffic than Honolulu airport does. On our last take-off from Hilo and heading back to Honolulu, Hilo Tower called us and said they found pieces of rubber tires on their runway. What happens is when the brakes get too hot it causes fuse plugs in the wheels to melt, so the tires can deflate without exploding. So we told Honolulu Tower we probably have some flat tires that we are landing on and we would like the emergency equipment standing by when we land. Sure enough, as soon as we touched down we heard two main tires blow, but the Captain kept the aircraft straight in the middle of the runway till stopped. After we stopped he told me to go back to the forward left main cabin door and look out to see how bad the left main gear fire was, I told him there was only hot burning ambers and no big flames. All four main tires, wheels and most of their brakes were gone. As we were all observing the aircraft damage, this high-ranking military Officer drives up and says to us, you have to get this aircraft off my runway right away. We told him it wasn’t going anywhere till it had some new tires and wheels installed and who knew how long before that would be. They had to fly in a new left inboard flap. Took four days to get the aircraft repaired and ready to fly again.






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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