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ONA MINI 40 YEAR JUBILEE
AT JOYCE´S HOUSE!


JOYCE, ARNELLE AND DONNA
ENJOYING A MINI REUNION.

JOYCE OLSON MATHEWS!



Wedding Bells! Congratulations to
the newlyweds!


JOYCE FOLLOWS HER HEART
MARRIES HIGHSCHOOL
SWEETHEART!




My first flight with ONA
by Joyce Olson Mathews


To my fellow crew members, here is a short 
story I authored about my first flight on 
ONA. Hope you enjoy reading it.  

April, 1972

It was my first flight after graduation from 
Flight Attendant training.

I was nervous but the senior flight attendant 
introduced me to the cabin crew and I began 
to feel better.  After that, I was taken to 
the cockpit to meet the captain, co-pilot, 
and flight engineer.

We took off from JFK on a stretch DC-8 
chartered by 258 passengers heading to 
Malaga, Spain.

Once we reached our cruising altitude of 
30,000 feet, the captain turned off the seat 
belt sign and the seven flight attendants, 
which included me, began the in-flight service.

I was assigned to the forward galley with 
two other flight attendants; the other four 
were stationed in the aft galley.

There were two liquor carts (one from the 
forward galley and one from the aft galley) 
that were stocked with ice, plastic cups, 
swizzle sticks, cans of soda and juices, 
condiments, and hundreds of miniature 
bottles of liquor. 

The flight attendants, from each galley, 
wheeled the carts to the middle of cabin 
and then worked their way fore and aft.  
The process was repeated so that everyone 
would be served at least two soft drinks 
or cocktails before the meal service began. 

As a new flight attendant, I was the 
delegated small-job person.  If a passenger 
pulled their call button, wanted a pillow 
or desired a cup of tea I would respond 
with a smile.

If the carts needed more ice or the 
lavatory was out of toilet paper, I would 
remedy the situation.

Then, without warning, came an assignment 
that took my breath away.  The head flight 
attendant instructed me to go the cockpit 
and report to the captain.  She said that 
the he had called and needed something 
from the cabin right away. She explained 
that the other flight attendants were busy 
with the liquor carts and the meal service.  
I was the only person available to handle 
this most important request.

I went straight to the cockpit, earnest and 
ready for any task.

As I entered the flight deck, the captain 
turned to me and said, “I need box of steam 
and I’m going to need it pretty soon.”

“Okay, Captain.  I’ll be right back,” 
I replied.



ONA PASSENGER MEAL I left cockpit and went straight to the head flight attendant who was in the middle of serving meals. I felt like a little girl tugging on her mother’s apron as I sheepishly and quietly whispered to her, “The Captain told me to get him a box of steam.” Without looking up or missing a beat, she replied, “find out what kind of steam he needs.” I headed back to the cockpit. “Captain, what kind of steam do you need?” I asked. “Find out what kind of steam she has left and then report back to me,” said the captain. Again, I tracked down the head flight attendant. Now she was in the aft galley rotating the meals in the ovens so they would cook more evenly. “Tell him that I have a blue box of steam and a red box of steam but that I’m out of the green boxes of steam,” she shot back as she moved about the galley. This was clearly not a good time to ask her follow-up questions. Back to the cockpit I go to explain the choices to the captain. “A blue box of steam will do,” he quickly replied. At this point I asked another experienced flight attendant where I could find a blue box of steam. “A blue box of steam, what blue box of steam?!” she shouted. “Go back to the cockpit and tell the captian that we only carry purple boxes of steam on the stretch DC’8s.” With some anxiety, I entered the cockpit once again. The captain seemed to take the news in stride and simply said, “Oh, never mind, I don’t need it anymore.” Several hours later, after we landed and the passengers deplaned, we were all on the crew bus headed to the hotel. During this time, the flight attendants shared stories with the pilots about the flight and vice versa. The captain turned to me and asked, “So Joyce, how do YOU think things went on our flight?” With all eyes on me, I blushed and apologized profusely for not being able get the requested box of steam. My sincere apology was followed by raucous laughter and congratulations for completing my in-flight initiation. It was not until that moment that I realized I had been taken-in by one of the oldest tricks in the book. Five years later……………. We are on a DC-10 with a cabin crew of twelve flight attendants. I am now the head flight attendant. The galleys are below the passenger deck and the crew is spread out between the front section, the aft section, and the galley below. Elevators are used to transport the liquor carts and meal carts to the cabin for the in-flight service. A new flight attendant is on board. It’s her first flight after graduation from Flight Attendant training. She spends most of the flight taking the elevators up and down, fetching things for passengers and trying to find a box of steam for the captain. Joyce Olson Mathews Flight Attendant 1972-1978, Overseas National Airways



Betsy and Joyce Olson in front galley
of stretch DC8 getting ready for cabin
service. Joyce is pre-pouring glasses of
champagne.



HOTEL CONRAD, CAIRO EGYPT

Charleston


1974: Charleston layover
Middleton Gardens in May.






Jan. 1974: Hadj pilgrims boarding
plane in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for
return flight to Tehran.


Dec. 1973 Tunis, Tunisia
Photo taken at the Pepper Market.



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Joyce flew as a Flight Attendant 1972-1977




1972: Joyce Olson on tarmack at
International Air Base in New York.

Crew members´ names
to be added

Pam Baughman and Joyce Olson
(August 1973)


Joyce Olson and Donney Wiley



Malaga Spain


Malaga Layover (August 1974).
L - R: Gwen Pinkard, Joyce Olson,
Adi Vergeiner, and Cindie Burnham.


L - R: Kathy Robinson, Charlie Mott,
Joyce Olson.

"The Crack of Dawn" in Malaga, Spain.

Rome, Italy



Saving flight 1549

Hadj Flights
Saudi Arabia




Sailing on the Red Sea off the
coast of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Flight attendants on layover in Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia meet Omar Shariff.

Omar came to our aid while trying to find
the souk. We wanted to have thaoubs made
for ourselves.

On the right is photo of Omar in London in
western attire.

On the bottom left is Omar in traditional
Islamic attire.

Top Left Photo: L-R: Joyce Olson,
Omar, Hilda Austin, Carol Freiman


JOYCE OLSON MATHEWS







Cockpit Crew and Cabin Crew at
I.A.B. in New York waiting for
transportation to ONA
headquarters in Jamaica NY.


Dubrovnik


Dubrovnik Airport October 1975
L-R: Sharon Eichler (back turned
to camera); Annette Elmo,
Joyce Olson, Kathy DiMarco, and ?

ONA was all first class!

Danang


Last Day of Troop Withdrawal!
Photo was taken at Danang Airport,
March 1973.
L - R: Joyce Olson, Lowie Brannan,
Denise DiAmicias, and Pet Kempson.



Captain John Truman lets me pose
for a photo in the inboard engine
of stretch DC8.

Photo was taken at Danang Airport in
March 1973. It's sweltering hot and
humid! I think this was taken on the
last day of troop withdrawal so we were
on the ground for awhile.





Dec. 1973: Tunis, Tunisia
Photo taken at the Camel Market.


Dec. 1973: Hadj Cabin Crew
ONA flight attendants pose
with Zughar (steward from Tunis
Air) who flew with us as an
interpreter for the passengers.

Tunisia 1973


Dec. 1973 TUNIS Layover
Mohammed selling jasmine flowers
to flight attendants
Kathy Robinson
and Carol Freeman

Tehran, Iran


Jan. 1974: Hadj pilgrims on return
flight from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to
Tehran, Iran
Mario Sotolongo on Electras


YPSILANTI AP MICHIGAN




DACCA 1974


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