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Flying ONA by the Crew

My ONA and Other
Aviation Experiences
by Al Quack


COMING UP! MORE GOLD!

ONA GOLD TRIP by TOM FENWICK,
RON ROBERTI AND TOM HUF



Al in ONA uniform 1966


ONA DC-8-55F Contender at Travis AFB


Contender

THE GOLDEN ERA
Al Quack tells about his experiences
flying as a flight engineer for ONA.

Lost gold

A ferry flight from McGuire AFB, NJ to JFK, NY got me questioned by the F.B.I. about it. Somebody or a group of people put a load of illegal (not authorized or declared listed) gold in the belly of one of our aircraft overseas someplace and it flew around onboard for a number of flights undetected. It was finally found and reported to authorities, if I remember right by our Rep. in Charleston, SC. So it set off an investigation by the F.B.I. as to where it came from and from who, who loaded it, where it was going and to whom and I guess if any of it was missing. I heard ahead of time that all crews that flew this aircraft during the time the gold was onboard, where being questioned by the F.B.I. and knew sooner or later they would contact me. So when they did I told them I knew what all the questions were about and I only ferried it from McGuire AFB, NJ to JFK, NY. First of all a ferry flight to our home base, I didn’t look into any of the belly compartments and I would of needed a ladder to do so, which none were in sight. When I got out to the aircraft for my preflight it was already all unloaded, main cabin and all belly compartments. I actually found the newspaper account of it in my archives and the following is a copy of the article except it was continued on another page, which I don’t have: “Huge Gold Shipment Goes Astray” - Charleston, S.C. - Two hundred-sixty pounds of gold Valued at more than $500,000, possibly stolen and bound for Saudi Arabia, has been found aboard a chartered plane. The charter company said an additional $800,000 in gold is missing. Patrick O’Brien, special agent in charge of investigations for the U.S. Customs Office in Charleston, said yesterday the 118 bars of gold, weighing 2.2 pounds each, were brought into this country illegally on a DC-8 owned by Overseas National Airlines Co., a private charter service based in New York." “I have reason to believe that the gold was stolen,” “The gold was destined from Zurich via Frankfurt to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and it was supposed – Cont. on back page Col. 1 – ... to which I don’t have the continued page. I never heard what the outcome to this incident was, but I did hear our Rep. that found it put in a claim for it, if nobody claimed it. Now I don’t know if that’s true either.



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