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Convertible
DC-8-55
Flagship
Contender

UACI 747
Saudi colors
June 1979 -
Febr 1981

Douglas
DC-8-55F
N851F,
Flagship Resurgence

Electra
L-188C N182H

DC-7B N953P
Oakland AP 1967

DC-8-55
Travis AFB,
CA 1969

DC-8 Zurich
Switzerland
July 1975

Steedman accepting
first DC-10



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Elisabeth at Camh Ranh Bay

Camh Ranh Bay, Vietnam


Crew Layover at Tokyo
Hotel Korakuen, Tachikawa 1966

Bob Houlihan




Hotel Korakuen Tachikawa Tokyo


ELISABETH GUSTAVSSON
GYLLMAN,
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

CAMH RANH BAY, VIETNAM, SPRING 1967

On the photo I am standing right by the 
plane and was off the aircraft only 
minutes since we were ushered onboard 
again, just so that we could say we had 
touched Vietnamese soil! It was very hot 
and we had the thick new uniforms on. 
In my hand I have a small roll of paper 
that a GI gave me and asked me to phone 
the person he had noted on the paper, 
when I returned to the States. I got 
several pieces of paper after the first 
one, I also got dollar bills to cover 
the phone call cost once I got back to 
the States. 


I was in Vietnam with Fifi LaBine as chief stew, Johanna Heinrich, Margarita Ortiz, and one more unid. Male crew was Bob Houlihan and Bill Whitesell, which I have on photos from that very trip, unfortunately I forget the rest of the names of cockpit crew. Flights to Vietnam originated from McGuire AFB New Jersey with first leg to Anchorage Alaska, that time. Then on to Tachikawa AFB, Japan and then finally on to Camh Ranh Bay. From Camh Ranh Bay we ferried the plane, a DC-8, to Frankfurt Germany, to pick up next flight. I dont remember where the intermediate landing was from Camh Ranh, first Bombay and then probably Abu Dhabi or Kuweit. Some adventure! It was so weird having that big DC-8 to ourselves empty without pax as we ferried to Frankfurt, contrasting the crammed flight we had from Tachikawa to Camh Ranh. In Tachikawa outside Tokyo Japan, we stayed at the Hotel Korakuen, a real Japanese hotel. In the room was the bathroom with the Japanese bathtub kind of cubicle tub where you sit and bathe. The matresses were rolled out on the floor to sleep, there were small partitions between different spaces in the room and the partitions were dressed in rice paper, which made you feel you slept with seethro walls. In the room was a guest service pink kimono that I wore in the hotel garden! Returning from Vietnam to Tokyo, we stayed in the Tokyo Hilton in town.


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VIET CONG EAR IN A GLASS JAR

After another ONA flight to Honolulu Hawaii 
in 1967 - New York - Los Angeles - Honolulu, 
I was on layover in Honolulu. The crew stayed 
a whole glorious week each time we took 
tourists to Hawaii.



Elisabeth on hotel balcony close to Waikiki Beach

I sat with F/A senior Marianne Meissner at 
a bar close to the Waikiki Beach. 
I was 20 years old and having a ball! The 
bar was kind of darkish tho it was afternoon 
and full sunshine outside. I came right out 
of the boondocks in Sweden a little earlier 
and life was thrilling and fast and I had to 
try everything! Beside me sat a nicelooking 
guy and we started  talking. He said he was 
on short leave from Vietnam for a couple of 
days and I was thrilled to pieces and couldnt 
quite grasp that one day you were in a war and 
then you got leave to have holidays. I dont 
remember where he said he had been to fight but 
after a while he hauled a jar with some liquid 
in it from his pocket and sat it on the bardesk. 
As I recall it the jar still had a brandname on 
it, a label, like a jar of peanutbutter would 
have.




- Do you know what this is, he asked. 
I looked and since it was rather dark in the room 
I couldnt make out what was floating in the jar.
- This here is a Viet Cong ear, he said.
He explained he had been in combat and had killed 
a Viet Cong gerilla soldier and had taken one ear 
as a kind of souvenir. I dont recall the guy´s 
name but the story stuck forever in my mind and I 
thought a lot about how he actually got that ear 
and still think about it often. The fear of dying 
that makes you go almost insane I can imagine, 
being in combat and waiting to get killed yourself, 
or kill someone. It really had impact on me, this 
happening in sunny Honolulu, sunshine paradise 
with leis and maitais, far away from the war 
scene.
These are my Vietnam memories. 


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