DC-8-55 Flagship Contender
DC-8-55 Travis AFB,
Holder of the ONA Super Wings |
Gold Elf Award for magnificent
contributions to the ONA Crew Web
Diane The Nature Photographer
ORLANDO 1986 REUNION
Fort Lauderdale and Orlando reunions
FORT LAUDERDALE REUNION
Ted Secola and Diane
Stinky, June Kolb, Brenda Spencer and Ann Holiday
Bobbie Weddle Francis, Linda Fernandez
Roberts, Diane and Christina Linder having
fun in Miami
Dale Geiger and Jim Hanrahan
DIANE CHENAULT PARKE
Flight Attendant, Realtor, Nature Photographer
ONA - what a wonderful experience that was
& one of the highlights of my life. All the
foreign destinations we went to & sometimes
stayed for a week! The times scheduling
didn't really know where we were & we had
to call in & say we were ready to come back
to NYC. And of course a crew party in every
city. I bet Bangor will never forget us.
The fire extinguisher fight was certainly
something I won't forget. I had to run back
to my room to get my shower cap so my hair
wouldn't get wet.
Then there was Stinky's birthday party -
what a hoot he was. And Sue Hawkins'
21st birthday party that we spent a week
relieving the aircraft of the wine we
needed as we flew back & forth between
L & Bangor before her party.
And my favorite hotel that we stayed at -
The Nassauer Hof. Bobbie & I had the
biggest bar bill ever there. I went back
to the Nassauer Hof about 7 years after I
had left ONA. All the desk clerks
remembered me and were just as nice as
they had always been. During that visit
I lost my Rolex watch in the shopping area.
When I returned home I sent a picture of
the watch to the desk clerk. He took it
to the police. In Germany if a person
turns in a lost item to the police & it
isn't claimed for a year the finder gets
to have it. So my watch was turned in &
the desk clerk got it for me & sent it
back to Florida.
Then there was Spain. No water in our high
rise room for 3 days in Malaga, but they
could water the grass. The huge party for
the passengers in Palma that Capt Travelute
took Bobbie & I to. Bobbie almost didn't
make it back to our room - a little slip in
the pool first. Next morning all we needed
was Coke. When room service brought it I
had just gotten out of the shower with towel
around. Miss Weddle was still in bed.
When signing for the cokes my towel dropped.
The waiter was a little shocked & so was I!
Early on I was chairman of the flight
attendants in NYC. That was so interesting
& educational. We negotiated a really good
contract at the time. That was fun too as
the flight attendants really had the upper
hand in those days.
I didn't fly on the DC-10, but the company
sent Pam Greene, some pilots & I out to
California to be sure we liked what was
going on with our DC10s. More parties of
course. I did fly our Electra one time
during a violent storm with military guys.
They were as scared as I was & we were all
Living in NYC at the time & not having to
move around when the workers did was great.
Also if we didn't like the weather or
anything else you could always call
scheduling and get a trip somewhere more
exciting. And who could forget our favorite
bar there - Play Street. The guy who owned
it was the boyfriend of Peggy Durst I believe
& drinks were on the house most evenings for
No story for me about ONA is complete without
the mention of Ted Secola. He is a wonderful
man & was woven into every part of ONA for me.
Thank you Ted and all my other friends who
made ONA so special.
Diane at Danang Vietnam
Me, Ted Secola, Ted's daughter Windy,
Fred Ritter, Linda Fernandez Roberts,
Ken Roberts & Joe Roberts.
Diane with Bobbie Weddle Francis
Diane holding up the leaning
tower of Pisa
Sue Hawkins and Helmut