Holder of the ONA Super Wings
Gold Elf Award for magnificent
contributions to the ONA Crew Web
ONA In Flight Model Kit
Diamond Head Concourse
at Honolulu Airport
Narita Airport Tokio Japan
Me and Foxy (Barbara Fox) on my birthday.
Me and Phil Geraldi
ONA airplane fleet
I flew on DC-8’s, stretch 8’s, DC-9’s
(not my favorite), DC-8-55’s, and of
course, the DC-10’s. I became a
senior after 6 months, and would try
to fly senior, except around Xmas.
I wanted to be home with my family
then, so I would fly junior, so I
could have a few days around Xmas
ONA holiday trips
Wendy, me, Dale Geiger
and Foxy in Malaga
I loved flying to Malaga, Majorca,
Frankfurt and staying in the
Nassauerhof, and who could complain
about 5 day layovers in Honolulu?
We stayed at the Ala Moana.
Japan and Vietnam
My second trip was to Japan. We were
taking GIs, mostly Navy, Marines and
Army to and from bases in Vietnam.
Tom Patterson was the captain, and I
found out later that he had recently
lost his own son in Vietnam.
CAPTAIN TOM PATTERSON
Tom´s 25th ONA Anniversary
with Cece Overthrow McCloy
Bill Armstrong was the copilot, and
Dick Bord was the flight engineer.
Dick Board and Sam Barilla
Barbara Fox was also on my crew.
That was a memorable trip for me.
We were taking teenage boys into a
war zone, and I was only 20 myself.
We tried to make the flights fun for
the soldiers, sometimes having mock
weddings on board.
Me, Cathy Grandin, Cece McCloy
and Ulla Andersson in Japan.
ONA was my family
for almost 9 years
I was named after my Swedish grandfather.
The Swedish girls with ONA said my name
was old fashioned and no one had the name
Karla in Sweden!
I started flying in October 1968.
June Kolb was in my class.
I was the youngest, so when I finished
training I was at the bottom of the list.
ONA took delivery of the very first
stretch DC-8 while I was in training.
Anne Braddock (Preede) was the chief
flight attendant then.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn and we did
our ditch training in the hotel pool.
Meeting my husband
R& R by the Red Sea
Flying the Hadj
I also enjoyed the Hadj flights.
One of my favorites was Djakarta,
Indonesia. Of course, I met my
future husband on the road to
Morocco. He was an aircraft
mechanic with ONA and was going
on his first Hadj.
We flew to Agadir, and became very
good friends in that three weeks.
We got married 7 months later.
By the time I left ONA, I was
number 20 on the seniority list.
A scary encounter with
the Indian Air Force
CAPTAIN BOB LOVE
Chief Pilot Bob Love
I remember a flight once with Bob Love.
He always called us his “little gals.”
ONA had picked up a Thanksgiving flight
out of Vietnam, but the aircraft was
in Germany. So we flew East from there.
ONA was supposed to secure clearance
for us to overfly India, but somehow,
as often happened, we didn’t have
clearance. So as we were ferrying to
Vietnam and entering Indian airspace,
we were joined by some fighter jets
from the Indian Air Force. We were
forced to land in Bombay. We had a
crew rest there, and somehow got
permission to continue on our merry way,
the next morning. It was the only
time I have been to India , and the
thing I remember most is the sheer
number of people living in poverty.
We made it to Vietnam and picked up
some lucky soldiers heading home
I flew with Margareta Nisser many times.
She was one of the nicest people I know.
She had a lot of seniority, so if there
were some really good bidlines, it was
more likely I was meeting her plane
and giving her the plane.
Me and Marilyn Haywood Orr
I flew a lot with Dale Geiger Johnston,
Wendy Welch, and Barbara Fox, when I
flew junior. We had a lot of great
adventures in Spain, Hawaii, and Germany.
Greetings to all!
Karla Philippou, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P
ONA F/A SENIORITY 1976
Karla Magnuzon # 31
ANNE BRADDOCK PREEDE