Flying ONA by the Crew
My ONA and Other
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
THE GOLDEN ERA
Al Quack tells about his experiences
flying as a flight engineer for ONA.
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
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
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.