DC-8 nose from Horizons
(It has been almost 35 years and
Comments by Captain George Flavell
DON´T ASK - DON´T TELL
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 ..."
ONA´s DC-8-21 aircraft, N819F, is
shown being unloaded on the ground at
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
after its flight from Chicago.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.