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Annette was hired in 1969
with Seniority Number 86
Seniority list courtesy
Maggie Lloyd Zeibak
Tachikawa Rail Station
Annette in 1973 photo
I had an interview with ONA over Christmas
holidays in 1968, and I flew from Michigan
where I was visiting my family to NY, had
the interview and was hired on the spot. Had
to get back to Seattle, Washington where I was
living and be back in NY for training with ONA
in Jan of 1969. So I flew back to Seattle,
quit my job, left my roommates and left in my
car on New YearŽs Eve of 68 in a blinding snow
storm, drove to Michigan, left my car with
family and went to NY for training. It was a
hectic week or so. I think we started on Jan
6th or 7th.
I flew out of JFK for a year and then we opened
the LA Base and I transferred out there. There
were about 30 of us girls out here and we were
such a close knit family. IŽm still friends
with lots of those girls!
On my first flight I went to Hawaii, Oakland,
Anchorage, and Tokyo! I thought I had died and
gone to heaven! Of course I remember when I got
to Anchorage I slept for 18 hours! My favorite
place to work was the back galley of the stretch 8.
It was just amazing the places we flew, Germany,
Spain, England, Hawaii, Anchorage, Tokyo or
Tachikawa! Did I mention Guam? That was fun, too.
My first trip to the Ginza in dntn Tokyo Marilyn
White was flying Senior and she took us by train
from Tachi into Tokyo for shopping. So a trip or
two later I thought I knew what I was doing and I
set off for the Ginza myself. Well, on the way
back to Tachi all I heard was Tachikawa East,
Tachikawa East, so I got off only to be shocked
that I didnŽt recognize one landmark at the station,
so I got back on the next train and got off at the
next exit. That was a bit scary.
IŽd have to say that one of my favorite memories of
flying was bringing the troops back out of Nam.
If I was flying the Yokota Air Base to Travis Air
Base leg, weŽd take off out of YAB and after meal
service most of them slept to Anchorage, very few
were awake. Then weŽd clear customs in
Anchorage and head down to Travis, the excitement
in the cabin began to grow, those boys knew they
were on their way home, their service in Nam was
over, they were safe and would soon be reunited
w/their families. Great memories!
I left ONA to go to court reporting school, and
eventually went to work with Los Angeles Superior
Court to have a wonderful career in reporting.
Thank you ONA for all the wonderful times,
friends and memories!
Annette Schmitt Tracy
Photos scanned and processed by Tony Destro and Arnelle Meyer
The Flight Attendant / Court Reporter / Artist
DC-10 Promotional Picture
Me representing Overseas National Airways,
at the roll out of the DC 10 in Long Beach,
I am in the navy blue uniform 5th one over.
I cannot remember the year, it was 71 or 72.
This is so exciting as I had not seen this
picture for a good 28 years or so, and just
I can tell you that the following order that
is stated is not correct, as I am the 5th one
on the LHS. 12 Airlines represented at the
rollout of the DC-10; L to R American,
Northwest, KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines,
Swissair, UTA (Union de Transports Aeriens),
Air Afrique, Alitalia, National Airlines,
ONA (Overseas National Airways), SAS, TIA
(Trans International Airlines), United.
It was an exciting time and quite an honor!
I think this might have been 70s, as I was
living outside of Oakland at the time, flying
the Travis MAC trips. I remember I stayed at
the Hacienda, our home away from
home out here! Maybe Walter Johnson could
confirm the exact date.