LOST & FOUND
I am ex Flight Engineer with ONA
and came across this site and was
glad to see the many familiar faces
of the people I had worked with!
The following data reflects my
experience and service with ONA.
My time with ONA was from 1966 to
1987, the first year as DC-7 F/E,
one year as maintenance rep, and
the remainder as DC-8 F/E.
Attended DC-10 ground school,
simulator at AA in Dallas, and
completed flight training. Never
served as F/E on a revenue DC-10
flight. I miss all the people and
the good times!
I remember Paul Stark so well from
the DC-7 days when Atlantic
crossings still required navigators.
I saw he attended the ONA New York
I visit the VA hospital in Gainesville
and Lake City, Florida quite frequently,
and see many vets in the nursing
home who are happy to have someone
talk to them.
Best wishes, Bob Richards
Waiting for a tow, 1976,
I did some soaring at a small airport
called "Randall" airport, just
outside Middletown New York. I acquired
damaged sailplanes, rebuilt them, and
flew them until some one purchased them.
I rebuilt a total of four sailplanes,
and sold them all a few months after
completing the reconstruction of each
one. I eventually gave up the hobby of
rebuilding, and then occasionally
purchased soaring time. I really and
truly enjoyed the "silent" flight.
On a Wiesbaden, Germany layover
with "Andy" Andrechyn.
He took me with him on a short train
ride to a small town where he had
friends from a previous work
experience in Germany. His friends
had a soaring club and a few
sailplanes. He and I both had an
enjoyable day with those people
and capped off the day with a meal
and a beer. If Andy is reading
this, thanks again Andy for the
Two sister websites for Wiesbaden, which I
discovered a few years ago, were
created by a bright young man named
He has done a magnificent job,
and covers many things in detail,
including the Telekom
phone book for the entire
country of Germany.
A former ONA F/A married and
lived in Wiesbaden. I met her and
her husband on the street in 1976,
and we talked for a while. Her name
was Bebe Petrie. I can not recall
her married name. So trying to
search using her maiden name would
possibly be futile, unless she
communicated with some of the ONA F/A.
The only photo I have in ONA uniform,
is taken in the cockpit by Jules Simandl.
The Captain in the picture is Bob Francis,
and I do not recognize the pilot.
Bob & Inge, a lovely couple
living in Florida
The little furry faced guy is
called "Spuds", and he is a
Shihtzu. Please excuse his
unkept appearance, as this
photo was taken in the yard of
the hospital during his
recuperation. He underwent major
abdominal surgery for injuries
sustained when he encountered
two dogs three times his size.