Holder of the ONA Super Wings Gold Award for magnificent contributions to the ONA Crew Web


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ONA stories by Al Quack

50 Years Wedding Anniversary

Jeri & Al Quack celebrating


CIVIL PASSENGER
AIRLINE CHARTER

GOOD OLD BLIGHTY!
Experiencing England with gusto

The Golden Era
FBI investigates

Layover in Germany
Frankfurt and Wiesbaden

THE AL QUACK
ONA AIRPLANE SHOW


NEWS 1976
COCA COLA NEW YORK
ACQUISITION OF ONA


AROUND THE WORLD
WITH ONA

Amazing flights - amazing crew

I lost my heart in ... Hawaii

Cattle flights
All Muuhs aboard please!
ONA for the horses ...

ONA MAGAZINES

ONA Horizons - ONA Gifts Folders


ONA SOUVENIRS
Precious ONA documentation

Fourth of July Celebration

UNITED NATIONS
REPATRIATION FLIGHTS

Flying back to Karachi
in a Russian Ilyushin-8

US rapports with
the USSR are good

UNITED NATIONS
HIGH COMMISSIONER

Repatriation Flights
from Dacca Bangladesh
to Karachi, Pakistan

FULL WAR IN VIETNAM

Camh Ranh Bay - Da Nang
Bien Hoa - Saigon


EASTERN AIRLINES

EASTERN Flight Engineer Strike
1962 - The Real Story

Eastern Flight Engineer
Seniority List

Jan 1, 1962

US NAVY

US NAVY 1948-1952


IN THE
TWILIGHT ZONE
by Al Quack

1.

Close call
On take-off roll before V1 call
(decision speed for continued Take-Off)
we all heard a bang ...

2.

LANDING WITH TWO FLAT MAINS

3.

How My Third Near Fatal
Incident Took Place

Mid Air Collision

4.

ATLANTA EMERGENCY LANDING
Warner Robins AFB


Flight Engineer Alvin F. Quack, Jr.
Employment with Overseas National Airways, Inc.
Approximately 11 Years – July 1966 to Feb. 1978 –

Overseas National Airways crews and personnel were 
the best and I enjoyed flying with this airline the 
most of any I flew with.
AVIATION CAREER BEFORE ONA
Five years with EAL

AVIATION CAREER AFTER ONA 1978


AL QUACK WITH ONA
I started with ONA July 22, 1966 flying DC-7C (A/C N951) 
and DC-7B (A/C N844). We did our Pilot and Flt. Engineer 
training down in Lake City, Florida with Capt. Bill Tedder 
and Flt. Engineer Paul Heznek. We flew a lot of MAC flights 
around the country and after most flights; I would have to 
work maintenance on one or more engines before I could go 
to the hotel. This was a common practice all crews of the 
DC-7 had to deal with at the time. At the end of one flight 
into Bradley airport we needed a cylinder change on one 
engine before the next mornings flight and Maintenance asked 
me if I could do it right there on the ramp. I said I could 
do it if I get some help and the tools I need. That was my 
specialty at Eastern while working 4 Eng. Line Maintenance. 

They (EAL) had asked me if I could come up with a faster 
way of changing cylinders and I did, which resulted in 
another mechanic and I each receiving a Commendation letter 
for changing a engine cylinder in 3 ˝ hours, never done 
before there. I got the cylinder changed that night with the 
help of two local mechanics in Bradley, but had to ad-hock 
a make shift special tool I didn’t have and the company sent 
another Flt. Engineer to take my trip the next day. 

Then in January 1967 six months later, I was told I was 
going to be furloughed at the end of January along with 
Bill Parks who was just below me on seniority list (both at 
bottom of list); due to cut backs in the flight schedule of 
the DC-7’s and the furlough would probably be approximately 
six months long. They said unless I wanted to take a 
Maintenance Representative job with ONA and I said if I 
couldn’t find a Flt. Engineer’s job then I would. I called 
up the Chief Flight Engineer (Bill Wilson) at Saturn and 
told him I was getting furloughed at ONA for approximately 
six months and did they need anybody now or fairly soon. 
He said I could start back as soon as I was released, which 
was February 1, 1967. Bill Parks went back flying with Saturn 
at the same time too.

Saturn

I then flew for Saturn DC-7C passenger & cargo flights out of JFK, NY again, checking every now and then with ONA Chief Flt. Engineer Dave McCloy as to the status of my call back schedule. Then on June 15, 1967 (Friday) I had just got back home off a trip with Saturn when Saturn Crew Schedule from Oakland called and said due to the Union being voted in and now representing crew members and that I was junior on the seniority list, I was being transferred to fly Logair Military flights, based out of Oakland, CA flying DC-6B aircraft. Also I was to report the following Monday morning in Oakland for the start of DC-6B aircraft ground school. I told him I wouldn’t be there in ground school Monday and I was resigning. I called Chief Flt. Engineer Dave McCloy up right away and told him I had just resigned from Saturn and did he have any update on when I might be called back to ONA. He said he was just about to call me, to let me know ONA was going to increase their DC-7 flying till the end of the year, when they planned on getting rid of them all and going with all DC-8 jets. He said I could start back first of July ‘67’, also Bill Parks was being called back at the same time. Bill worked for EAL too as a Flt. Engineer and lives in Massachusetts about 50 miles from me, so we have been in touch with each other for quite awhile. Different times when we had ground school at the same time, we would drive down to NY together to have company on the 5 hour trip and save on gas too.

Furloughed again

I flew the DC-7 aircraft till the middle of September ‘67’ when Bill and I were notified we were being furloughed again, unless we both took an ONA DC-9 Maintenance Rep. jobs for about six months. There were two openings one in Miami and the other in Dayton, Ohio, I took Miami and Bill got Dayton. ONA said we would be called back to fly again when they received L-188 Electra’s (ex-National Airlines), that had to be converted from passenger to cargo aircraft in the spring of ‘68’. I went to two weeks of DC-9 maintenance ground school at ONA JFK, NY, and then took my family with me to Miami. I worked with Head Maint. Rep. Ray Allen there. ONA’s DC-9 would come in each evening at Miami and Airlift Int’l would unload its cargo, and then we would taxi it over to Eastern for overnight maintenance. Next morning taxi it back across the field, so Airlift could load cargo on it for the outbound trip. It felt funny to again be back at the old Eastern maintenance nose docks that I had worked at in the beginning with them, especially since I had been locked-out after the F/E strike in ‘62’.

L-188 Electra ground school

About February 1968 I received word that I was going to be called back to New York, along with Bill Parks to start L-188 Electra ground school in March, to get re-qualified on them. Went through ground school and simulator and after I got re- qualified Chief Flt. Engineer Jack Antablian for Electra program, asked me if I would help him out by being a Flt. Engineer flight instructor, in the aircraft till they got all the Engineers checked out. Lockheed L-188 Electra N284F at JFK in 1973 I said yes and did that till they sent me out to the west coast on June 26, 1968, to be on the FAA Electra Qualification Run for the Navy Quicktrans Contract. That all went well and I finished up helping get the rest of the Engineers trained and when that was done I started to fly actual revenue trips on the Electra. Some of the Check Captains during this operation were: Rod Mins, Bradford, Lampard, Pete Rowland, Katz, Bob Weiner and Bill Carrier.

FABULOUS ONA CREW!

ONA 1978 FLIGHT ENGINEERS REPRESENTED BY PHOTOS & WEBPAGES

To be an ONA Crew webstar please provide a photo and bio!



BILL PARKS - ED KAYE - DAVE McCLOY


JACK GOLD RIP - RON PREEDE - BEN CONATSER
-
Interviewed by Maggie Zeibak


BOB RICHARDS - DICK BORD RIP - PHIL GERALDI -

with Barbara Stephens and Gerda Johnson at October 2003 New York reunion



ED CHANDLER - TED WALLHOFER - DUANE DELK


Left to right: FRED RETTER - KENWOOD CASSENS - JOE ISCAREO AND NAV. KLECZEK




TED STOWE - RON ROBERTI RIP - BILL WHITESELL -
Tachikawa 1967 with Elisabeth, Margarita Ortiz, Fifi Labine and Johanna Echols


STU WOTTON RIP - MEL KONZEN - BILL MOGEY RIP -
with Irene Miller Turner and Jack Hollington

Electra training class March 1969

by Maggie Zeibak

Electra training class, March 1969. 
Graduations were commonly held at The
 Owl, a local "watering hole". 


Frank Schooley is on the right side of above photo. The training was at JFK Training Centre in March 1969. Frank was an instructor, together with Stu Wotton who just passed away. Were you in this class or do you know the pilots on the photo, please communicate their names! And ..... it turns out Duane Delk, megasize ONA crew web contributor, has the answer, at least to who some of the people are! Duane says: "I talked to FEO Jerry Gardner who lives near Atlanta and we came up with three other names of people in the picture. I think that we accounted for all of the Flight Engineer's in the class. On the first row sitting left to right we think is FEO Earl Spagenberg. #2 next to Earl is Ted Moore. #3 next to Ted is FEO Jim Basham who is deceased. #4 next to Jim is FE Byron Harlow and some people knew him as Roger Harlow and #5 is Frank Schooley the Class Instructor. On the second row the second person from the left with the glasses on is FEO George Coit who later became a First Officer on the L-188 with Hawaiian on the Log Air System. George is also deceased. The rest of the people must be pilots and we couldn't come up with any names. Also one correction. Ted Moore was a Capt at HAL on the DC-10, but when he retired he was a B-767 Capt. Regards, Duane Delk"
 

Squatting front left
Front row left to right
1. FEO Earl Spagenberg
2. Ted Moore
3. FEO Jim Basham RIP
4. Byron "Roger" Harlow 
5. Frank Schooley
Second row
6. 
7. FEO George Coit RIP
8. 
9. 
Two people standing far 
back left to right
10.
11.



Ron Preede´s spectacular photo show of UACI Saudi aircraft!
UACI 747 - Saudi



REMEMBER ANDERSON
AFB, GUAM!


WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB, OHIO



JINNA INT´L AP
KARACHI PAKISTAN


HOTEL PEARL CONTINENTAL
KARACHI PAKISTAN



ONA Flight Engineer Seniority List
by courtesy of Duane Delk as of 5/78

McCLOY, DAVID		
ISCARO, JOSEPH		
GOLD, JACK RIP		
HALBERSLABEN, DICK RIP	
HOWARD, RICHARD		
WHITESELL, WILLIAM	
BORD, DAYTON RIP		
PREEDE, RONALD		
HOLLAND, JACK RIP		
RETTER, FREDERICK	
GERALDI, PHILIP		
BRANT, CHARLES		
STOWE, THADDEUS		
COCKER, JAMES		
MOGEY, WILLIAM RIP		
ANTABLIAN, JACK RIP		
RICHARDS, ROBERT	
WOTTON, STEWART RIP	
HALL, RICHARD		
JONES, JOHN RIP
KONZEN, MELVIN	
SCOTT, AUDIE RIP		
QUACK, ALVIN		
PARKS, WILLARD	
SCHOOLEY, FRANK		
BOGANSKI, JOHN		
SZARO, FRANK RIP		
KAYE, EDMOND		
LAFACE, BRUNO		
STUMP, JOHN		
LUBICICH, THEODORE	
SIEG, WILLIAM		
CASSENS, KENWOOD	
KOZLOSKI, ROBERT RIP	
MION, ALFRED		
NORTON, FLOYD		
WALLHOFER, THEODORE	
CLAQUIN, JOHN RIP		
STETLER, ORA		
JOHNSTON, WILLIE
GIBEAU, DUANE RIP
GARNER, JERRY
ROBERTI, RONALD RIP
CECIN, JOSE
STREETMAN, ROBERT
FREDENBURG, DICK
HOWELL, JACK
CHANDLER, EDWARD
SPANGENBERG, EARL
BASHAM, JAMES RIP
COIT, GEORGE RIP
HARLOW, BYRON
MOORE, TED
HARRISON, ROY
HOGAN, ROBERT
DELK, DUANE
WHITE, CALVIN
GIMPEL, ROY
NASSAF, ROBERT




OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS AIRLINE CREW FRIENDSHIP REUNION WEBSITE
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IN FOND AND LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF ALL FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US


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HEADLINES
FEBRUARY 1976

Coke of New York acquisition
of Overseas National Airways
by Al Quack
Oh yes, the world will
always welcome lovers -
As time goes by
Jeri & Al

Read their wonderful love story!