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ONA DC 8

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Anne (Braddock) Preede

OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS

WILLARD "BILL" HOLLOWAY - IN MEMORIAL

BILL HOLLOWAY HAS LEFT US - A GREAT LOSS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Bill passed away on February 17, 2004, at 2 pm in Conroe TX, close to Houston. Dear Bill, rest in peace. Sincere condolences from the Overseas National Airways crew. Our thoughts are with Billīs family - we share their grief.


ONA CREW CONDOLENCES







In times of trouble
Friends will say,
"Just ask, I'll help you through it."
But you don't wait for me to ask,
You just get up and do it!
And I can think
of nothing more
That I could wisely do,
Than know a friend,
And be a friend,
And have a friend like you.

Bill flew the Electra and DC-9 at ONA and then went to Air Jamaica (DC-8 and DC-9). Bill was a man of great wit who was much admired and enjoyed by all who knew him. He could always be depended upon to do, and say, the right thing in any situation.

Tom Fenwick


As a young First Officer with ONA I flew with Bill on a regular basis during my first three years of employment there. As I recall, before ONA Bill was a B52 bomber pilot in the US air force. You could not find a nicer person to fly with, or to sit at the bar with laughing and telling the kind of war stories, that pilots like to tell.

Ras Nielsen

So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a true gentleman.
Linda Recko



Bill joined ONA in March of 1968 to be trained as a Captain on the L-188, Lockheed, "Electra", about 2 years later he became a Captain on the DC-9. A great friend and colleague.

Brick Bradford
Bill Holloway was a Electra Capt flying out of Tinker Air Force Base. I met him in 1975 when we flew dc 8s through there. He was a great person.

Ron Preede



Bill and I flew together many times on the DC8; he made the trips shorter with his joyful humor and professional persona. We both flew for Air Jamaica after ONA. In retirement we both lived close by, in Texas.
I will miss his e-mails.

George Flavell




Bill was stationed at Warner Robins Air Force Base in the early 70's, flying for ONA...The pilots home away from home was The Hilton Hotel. A station wagon was always on hand to take the pilots to the base, one day it was not working and I volunteered to take the crew to the base. Upon arriving, another crew had landed and I told them what happened to their transportation. All of the crew were anxious to get back to The Hilton and the famous coffee shop..I offered them a ride and they graciously accepted. I was known to be a heavy footed driver, all five ft one inches of me..and another bad habit I had was talking with my hands. When the 26 miles were over. My friend Bill (I called him my Sgt. Bilko) got out of the car and sat down on the ground. I think he kissed the ground if my memory is correct, he stated Mary, do me a favor. Please don't ever offer me a ride again....and I think he by passed the coffee shop and headed for the Silver Lounge. I have so many memories of those two years and many of them about Bill..My condolences to Sharon and Bills family.

Mary Fairbanks Popwell


Bill Holloway was just behind me in the Electra program. (I was DC-9) He later joined us on the '9. In appearance he had a great resemblance to Phil Silvers of Sgt. Bilko TV fame. He had a great sense of humor, was a retired Air Force pilot and a good driver.

Dave Case
My favorite memory of Bill was when I was flying right seat for him in an Electra going into Grand Forks AFB. We had a "near miss" with a Frontier Convair - I was flying and I hauled back and the Convair went right under us. I don't think they ever saw us - we had asked for traffic and was told there was none. When we got on the ground Bill went to base OPS and read them the "RIOT ACT"- you could hear him all over the building. He was always nice to me and a fine pilot.

Larry G Duncan
Bill was a good friend and a wonderful person to know. We will all miss him and wish his family our sincere sympathies.

Marie Brennan
I remember Bill for his sense of humor and general fun to be around. My condolences to his wife.

Carl von Doymi
I was in the same Electra class with Bill Holloway so I knew him during the Electra and DC-9 days although we rarely were in the same plane together except for deadheading or checkrides. I always thought it would be great to have his quick wit that would come up with an unexpected quip before anyone else could think. I'm sorry to know he is gone.

Erik W. Moberg

ONA Flight Attendantsī Reunion
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ONA cockpit crew Reunion
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Stewardess graduation
June 1966 at ONA HQ
at Jamaica, New York
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Stewardess graduation
1959 in Oakland, California
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