A CELEBRATION FOR BRICK

by his daughter in law Janet Snyder

Order the book here:
Brick Bradford, Flying Ace on Janet Snyder´s website



Brick Bradford was my father-in-law:
Scott Bradford is my husband. In 2006
Brick started sending me his memoirs
(at my request), and I became engrossed
in his story. He fell in love with flying
when he was 7 years old. I thought that
story would make a good children's book.
I wrote the story and had it illustrated,
but not published (that's another story).
When Brick died in September, I took the
script and the illustrations to show the
family and they were keen to see it published.
However, I have run into a snag because I
can't afford to have it printed unless I
pre-sell the run.



I thought his colleagues and others who love
flying might be interested to have this
remembrance of Brick. I estimate that $20
USD would cover the cost of the book as
well as postage and handling.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Janet







To Dad's Aviation Family -
Please join us for the Celebration of
Life of John W. "Brick" Bradford, Aviator


Thursday, November 6, 2014
 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 Skyhawk Restaurant
 Boundary Bay Airport
 Unit 102 – 7800 Alpha Way
 Ladner, BC CANADA

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and 
we would appreciate it if you could please 
RSVP by leaving a comment with your name 
and the number of people in your party 
at BrickBradford.ca.

SCHEDULE

3:00 – 3:30 Social Hour (hosted beer and wine)
3:30 – 4:30 Please bring your memories 
and stories of Brick to share!
4:30 – Vocal tribute by Janet Snider

Per Ardua Ad Astra
(Through adversity to the stars.)

David Bradford
 Morovino Wines
 76 Landing Passage
 Avila Beach CA 93424
 805-440-4821

Arnelle Meyer

I am so sorry. Thanks for sharing with
his ONA family.
October 4 2014

Bill Harris

I flew with Brick many times on the DC-9.
He was a great pilot. Since I had lost
touch with most of the ONA crew I often
wondered about Brick. Sorry to hear that
he has passed. My prayers are with him
and his family.RIP

John Bradford

May 6, 1920 - September 24, 2014

Heartfelt ONA crew condolences

It is with great sadness that the
Bradford family announces the death
of Brick. He was married to Mary
for 68 years.
On Wednesday, September 24, my dad,
John "Brick" Bradford, earned the last
set of wings he will ever need. It was a
tragic day for our family and a sad day
for Canadian aviation. For those of you who
knew/flew with dad, you knew that he had two
loves - his family and flying. He was
universally loved by the former and
decorated and honored for the latter.

We ask that you keep our family in your
thoughts and prayers. There will be a
celebration of Brick's live in early
November. We will keep you posted with
the details.
David Bradford

BRICK BRADFORD WAS
AWARDED THE
DISTINGUISHED
FLYING CROSS UK

A LAST GREETING TO BRICK

A flying ace remembers
Warriors and Wingmen
John William "Brick" Bradford, DFC, RAF - 681

WE REMEMBER BRICK WITH JOY

Brick fell in love with flying when
he was seven years old, the same year
that Charles Lindbergh flew across the
Atlantic Ocean to Paris. Brick took flying
lessons at the Hamilton flying club and
was piloting planes before he could drive
a car. It was at the Hamilton club that
Jack was dubbed Brick after the comic
strip hero of the day, Brick Bradford.
The nickname stuck.

Brick continued to be a pilot until he
was 75 years old. He flew for the RCAF/RAF
in World War II training pilots in Windsor
Ontario and in England. Later in the war he
flew reconnaissance over Burma. After the
war he flew for KLM, then came back to Canada
and continued his flying career with for
Hollinger, McNamara, Starflight, Overseas
National, Purolator and Medivac in British
Columbia.

ONA CREW - ONA STAFF

Brick and the other guys were just gods to me. Brick was confident, the ultimate professional and could tell stories that would keep us all in stitches -- especially after performing proficiency and upgrade flights with the more junior guys. I can recall him telling us that he was done for the week and had to go home to his bride (Mary -- a name, she told me, he still calls her)! I used to go to their house for BBQs -- and am sure I met David at one time or the other. On a weekend, I was deadheading back to the east coast, where my family lived, and gave Brick a ride to Travis AFB. He taught me how to drive my 4-speed VW (my 2nd one that I bought from Jesse Williams -- thanks, Jesse -- I had that girl for 20 years) without using the clutch. CONTINUED >>

MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE
BRADFORD FAMILY FROM JOANN SCOTT

Thinking about Brick and Mary -- what a wonderfully
long marriage they had with love all around them.

Brick´s great achievements in aviation is pictured
and lauded in among many other in a book review.

He was quite a guy -- and humble, as I'm not sure
a lot of us knew of his distinguished military
career.

Best, JoAnne



Holder of the ONA Super Wings Gold Award for magnificent contributions to the ONA Crew Web

N287F Electra



TASTY GRAPES AT MOROVINO


Hats off for Mary & Brick!
Brick celebrating 90th birthday
May 2010! Hip hip Hurray!


AIRPLANES & GRAPES!
A GREAT COMBINATION!
CELEBRATIONS!




ONA CREW JUNIORS


David Bradford

California winery

MOROVINO


ONA on airliners.net


Oakland International Airport

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CAPTAIN BRICK BRADFORD
TEN YEARS WITH ONA



Brick served as a pilot for ONA from February 
1968 to March of 1978. 

He spent most of his time on the DC-9, only 
in the last couple of years did he get on 
the DC-8 and do a Hadj session in Jeddah.
Brick went from Captain on the Electra
 to the DC-9 and then the DC-8, did 
Hajj flights for 2 years and 
a few copilot trips on the DC-10 before 
the company went out of business. 


HADJ FLIGHTS

KING ABDEL AZIZ INT´L AIRPORT
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA



Captain Ed Veronelli,
F/O David Mulligan
and F/E Ed Kaye
Photo by courtesy of Ed Kaye






CREW STORIES ON THE ONA CREW WEB


The Malaga Caper
by Brick Bradford

I believe this happened in August of 1976. 
Here are the events as I remember them.

Ray Roy and I were positioning to Malaga to take a flight to New York. Moore was with us as Flight Engineer. It was one of those kind of trips. We had ferried a flight into Tenerife, and then commercialed to London, expecting to fly out of London. On the second morning in London, they called to advise us that we were to position to Malaga that afternoon. We were staying in Gatwick and would have to limo to Heathrow, and fly to Malaga on Iberian Airlines. We arrived late afternoon and got a taxi to the hotel. After checking in, we were walking towards our rooms when Ray grabbed me and started dragging me towards the pool. Protest as I might, I realized he was serious so I dropped my bags, I had one hand free so I took my watch off and threw it on the grass along with my wallet, and dropped my jacket. Into the pool I went. I managed to swim to the ladder and climbed out, with much laughter from the folks sitting around the pool. I picked up my things, and Ray invited me to come to his room for a drink.
I put my bags and jacket in the room, 
took my tie off, and went to Ray's room. 
We had a quick drink and Ray told me we 
were invited to the stewardess´s room 
for a drink, the cabin crew had 
commercialed in previously. 

After socializing and a drink, it was time 
for dinner. 

 

It was hot and humid and my wet shirt was 
sticking to me, so I left it in the FA's 
room. We walked down the beach to find a 
restaurant. 

Finally I took off my undershirt as it was 
wet as well. One of the girls put it in her 
hand bag. After dinner, back to the hotel 
and bed.

 

At show time the next morning we were meeting 
in the lobby, when I saw 2 girls
in ONA FA's uniforms, sitting demurely in 
the lobby.  

When our girls began to show up, I said to 
one of them,
"Who are those girls". 
"Oh, she said, they are a couple of new girls 
on a "Fam" flight with us". 

As the rest of the crew showed up, one girl 
said, "Brick, here is your shirt".

Another girl came into the lobby and said, 
"Brick, here is your undershirt". I often wonder what those new girls thought about crew behaviouron layovers!
Greetings from Brick