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ONA stories by Al Quack
My ONA and Other
Aviation Experiences
by Al Quack



Russian Turboprop Decca
Bangladesh 1974


Russian Turboprop loading Refugees at
Decca, Bangladesh UN Ops 1974


Al in ONA uniform 1966


Cockpit of ONA N864 DC-8-63


US good friends USSR
Soviet aircraft Ilyushin-8 flew ONA crew back to Karachi

A friend in need is a friend in deed

ONA flew the Repatriation Flights for the United Nations High Commissioner, flying refugees out of Dacca, Bangladesh back to Karachi, Pakistan and other refugees back the other way. We flew the second part after Feb. 26, 1974. Our crews were based out of Karachi, staying in the Intercontinental Hotel there. On one of our trips to Bangladesh after staying overnight there, we got out to the airport and I started doing my preflight, but found the aircraft electrical system all screwed up and giving me wrong indications. The only thing maintenance could figure out was somebody must have connected 230 volts ground power instead of 115 volts and burned out four or five relays in the system. They (ONA) had to send some new parts and mechanics from Frankfurt to fix it, which took four or five days. There was a couple of Soviet Turbo-prop (Ilyushin-8) passenger aircraft doing the same flights as us and our rep. ask them if they had room to give our whole crew a ride back to Karachi. They did and we all got to ride on a Soviet aircraft. The Soviet Captain wanted to see our aircraft inside the cockpit, so we gave him a look see and then we said we would like to see inside their cockpit and he showed us onboard. That aircraft was built like a sea going ship, everything looked big, heavy and rugged. On that particular plane they had a separate compartment in the rear section of the cabin separated by a curtain that had enough seats to accommodate our whole crew. They gave us all a shot of Russian Vodka during the flight. When our plane was fixed, we got a ride back on the same Soviet aircraft to Bangladesh. After this operation was done there, we were to ferry the aircraft back to JFK, NY, but if I remember right we had trouble with an over fly rights along the route home. So till I find my missing log book or a crewmember on the same trip can confirm this, will have to let that part of the flight slide for now.

Vietnam 1969 - 1971




Camh Ranh Bay 1969


Camh Ranh Bay 1969


Da Nang AFB Vietnam 1971



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