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DC-8-21 N819F

PUBLISHED FOR THE EMPLOYEES
AND FRIENDS OF
OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS

CAPTAIN GEORGE FLAVELL


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DC-8 nose from Horizons

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Comments by Captain George Flavell

DON´T ASK - DON´T TELL
CONFESSION
(It has been almost 35 years and
no one suspected... or ever asked
... how I had carried the 1200
boxes of clothing to Honduras.
WELL NOW YOU KNOW,
looking at the photo below.
But I am too old to do hard time.

"The order of the day was to place
your hand carried bags under the
seat, over the seat or in the seat
or in any space available ..."
George Flavell)



ONA´s DC-8-21 aircraft, N819F, is
shown being unloaded on the ground at
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

after its flight from Chicago.

ONA HORIZONS

Front page Vol 4. No 4, October 1974

AA/ONA Operation starts at Kennedy
by James Correa

The long awaited move away from
the North Passenger terminal
(sometimes referred to as "the black
hole") at New York´s Kennedy
International Airport has become
reality at last. As of October 2nd,
1974, all ONA passenger originating
flights will depart from the centrally
located American Airlines Terminal
building. After three years of
negotiation between ONA and the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey
an agreement was reached last spring.

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Photo of George Flavell
courtesy Paul Stark

HONDURAS RESCUE MISSION

This wonderful story about Captain George 
Flavell & crew comes from F/A Irene Miller 
(Turner), El Segundo, California

Says George Flavell about him initiating 
the Honduras Rescue Mission:
- It was not so much what I did, as what 
so many people did, that made the flight 
possible. 

I decided I would pick up the phone and 
start trying and if God wanted this to 
happen it would fall in place, if it 
weren’t to happen. I would soon find out 
and at least be able to say I tried. 

ONA PRESIDENT BILL BAILEY

Ironically it took some lying to get it started, I began with ONA President Bill Bailey and I told him I had the fuel if I could have the airplane, he didn’t leave the phone, he didn’t hesitate, he said yes!

IT MAKES ME PROUD
TO BE PART OF ONA

Without that ONA spirit coming 
right from the top it never would 
have gone beyond that phone call.

CEO STEEDMAN HINCKLEY

The letter from Steedman Hinckley is published not to reflect credit for me, but to indicate the caliber of leadership that we worked for.




HORIZON TEXT PROVIDED
BY IRENE MILLER TURNER


Front page Vol 4. No 4, October 1974

Pilot´s Initiative Aids Honduras
Hurricane Victims In A Special
DC-8 Mercy Flight

The initiative of an ONA Captain has 
resulted in a little more comfort for 
many people in floodravaged Honduras.

Captain George Flavell, a JFK-based 
DC-8 pilot, was casually reading 
a newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, 
while on a week-end layover in Chicago, 
when he notised an appeal from a 
Valparaiso, Indiana businessman. 
It seems that a grocer, Bill Costas 
and friends, had made an effort in 
their small community to collect 
clothes, shoes and bedding for the 
flood victims. With their expectation 
of a few hundred boxes of gifts far 
exceeded, the group found itself 
with some 1200 boxes of needed
items on hand and no way to have the 
material, mostly new items, delivered
 to Honduras. Appeals to airlines and 
government went unanswered.

CO-PILOT PETE GREEN
F/E DICK HALL

Upon reading this small item in the paper, Flavell thought that something should be done about it. He knew that one of our DC-8-21 series aircraft was on the ground in Chicago awaiting its next flight a few days later. After consulting with his fellow crew members, Co-Pilot Pete Green and Engineer Dick Hall, and receiving their willingness to volunteer their services for the flight, George called President J. W. Bailey and asked if ONA could make the aircraft available for the flight. Bailey gave his immediate approval pending some help on the fuel.

NANCY WAIBEL

Two days later everything was in order and the aircraft, N819F left Chicago´s O´Hare Airport for the disaster area. Flight attendant Nancy Waibel also volunteered her services in order to take care of the several newsmen who made the flight and also to use her Spanish linguistic talents.




Fuel for the flight was obtained through the generosity of Bethlehem Steel who contributed $4100 toward the cost with the balance of the estimated cost of $8200 being donated by the businessmen who organized the collection in Valparaiso. In discussing his flight with ONA HORIZONS, Captain Flavell had very hight praise for ONA´s Chicago Station Manager, Bill Buxman who "worked his butt off" to get the flight underway. Flavell also had similar praise for the ground staff of Butler Aviation in Chicago and for his fellow crew members and Mr. Bailey.


Captain George Flavell
at the controls



During the course of the flight, 
the aircraft received instructions 
to land in New Orleans for 
the night as the damage around 
the airport at San Pedro Sula, 
made it impossible to turn 
on the runway lights.

Captain Flavell and F/A Waibel are being shown around whats left of the Honduran village of Choloma. They are actually standing on top of the village now covered by dirt and mud. The bushes shown are tops of palm trees and, sadly, underneath the visitors are the remains of village huts and hundreds of bodies. Photographer Jim O´Leary took some 500 photos during the course of the flight.

BILL BUXMAN


ONA´s "man in Chicago" Bill Buxman shown
helping to unload the many boxes of
clothing in Honduras. Bill supervised the
aircraft loading in Chicago and
the unloading at San Pedro Sula.




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