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A couple more photos of me today,
flying an air ambulance Citation
Jet for a local hospital in
Dallas, TX








ONA DC-8 N1976 in Spain 1975






ONA AC 864 at Dacca
Bangladesh 1974 -
ONA DC-8 N1976 in
Spain 1975 -
ONA DC-7C 1966


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Captain Gene Kasson



I was a Flight Attendant
with ONA from May 1974
until their demise in 1978,
senority # 202.











ONA HERO
CAPTAIN STINKY DAVIS
by MOE THAWER






CAMILLE RUSSO




GENE KASSON


Cabin Crew turned Commercial pilot. HEY HEY ONA!

ONA 1974 - 1978

Just came across your ONA web site and have 
to tell you it's fantastic! As I open each 
section the memories just flowed through my 
head as I recalled all the great times I had 
with all those fantastic people I flew with. 

This was the first real job I had after 
graduating from college and have to say it 
was by far the best time of my life. Those 
days will never come around again and I 
consider myself to be blessed to have 
experienced working for ONA.
 

Life jacket demonstration by Gene

BTW, senority # 204, Anamaria Urso, wound up being my first wife, which unfortunately ended in divorce in 1985. We met at ONA training at the JFK Holiday Inn and it was love at first sight. When the DC10 went down at JFK, I had just dropped her off at Ops to get on the plane for the Hadj. I heard about the crash on the car radio on my way home to NJ and immediately turned around and drove back to Ops. Geez, what a day that was. Thank God Stinky Davis was flying that thing!
Crews mostly flown with (Flight Crew) The "ONA Legends", Stinky Davis, Ron Rogerro, Jack Gold, Tom Ahern, Ted Secola, Carroll Jones. (Cabin Crew) Mostly with my graduating classmates- Anamaria Urso, Rosa Garza, Steve Thalmann, Neal Graumann, Hector Sierra, Stephanie Chin, Wanda Jenkins, "Cookie" Jefferson, and Zach Hobbs. Most enjoyable destination? Hawaii!!! There's no place like home!! Based at JFK. Preferred aircraft DC-10 Loved that DC10! Used to take naps in the cargo hold. Ooops, did I say that? One amusing story I remember is a time we were going through security in Malaga commercialing to Rome. On the crew bus to the airport, Capt Ron Rogerro was trying to stuff his captain's uniform hat into his carry-on bag, but wouldn't fit, so he asked me if I had room in my bag. I said I did and packed the hat. When we reached security, the inspector asked me to open my bag to check contents. When I did, he saw the captain's hat and turned to me with an ashened face and said, "Commandante?" (Captain?) I said, "Si, como no!!" (Yes, of course!). He just stood there with a frozen expression of disbelief that a snot-nosed kid of 22 could be the captain of a airline crew! When we got through security, I told Ron what happened and he just burst out in laughter!! He laughed all the way to Rome! As a side note, I was taking flying lessons during my ONA days and did go on to finish all my commercial pilot ratings. After ONA, I concentrated on a pilot career, flight instructing and flying charters for small commercial companies. In 1981, I became an Air Traffic Controller and worked at many different facilites accross the country, including, NY TRACON, LaGuardia Tower, Islip Tower, and FAA Southwest Regional Headquarters in Fort Worth, TX. I retired in 2008 after 27 years of Federal service. Today, I'm doing something I truly love - I am a Captain on an air ambulance Citation Jet for a local hospital in the Dallas, TX. area. My most treasured ONA possessions are my ONA uniform wings; a couple sets of those small aluminum tongs we used take entres from galley ovens; my original passport; old ONA photos, and last but certainly not least, all the wonderful friendships I made working for ONA! Thanks again for the great web site and please let me know of any future ONA gatherings. Sincerely, Gene Kasson Fort Worth, TX. 817-721-3293 gkasson@sbcglobal.net


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