Featuring ONAīs great mechanics!
We recently attended a World Airways
Reunion and enjoyed the company of
Ken Healy, ONA Chief Pilot-Oakland in
1960, Bill Hardenstine, ONA Director
Operations-New York in 1960 and
Kenny Zask a great aircraft mechanic
at ONA and World for many years.
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KENīS ON PHOTO # 3!
Ken with his 2 sons Bill and Pete, as
they were on the ONA softball team.
KENīS ON PHOTO # 2!
Geo Chopay, Ken Zask and Ed Leiser,
Jeddah Saudi Arabia
I received my Airframe and Powerplant license
in August of 1955. My first job was with
Lockheed Aircraft Service New York, as a Flight
Line mechanic working on Connies and DC-6s.
After 6 months I was drafted into the Army and
was a Helicopter Crew Chief/Mechanic on Sikorsky
H34 Helicopters. When I got released from the
Army I went back to Lockheed as my job was being
held and I got all the raises from the two years
I was gone plus maintained my 2 and a half years
seniority. I stayed there for about eight years
and got furloughed. Then I was able to get on
with New York Airways working on Boeing-Vertol
107 and Sikorsky S56 Helicopters. NYA was a
nice small company and everybody knew everybody.
The job there was about 9 years and I got on
with Trans Caribbean Airlines working DC-8s
both-55s and -61s.
After six months I went to TWA and worked on Boeing
707s and 727s. I got too confined and antsy
working in the hangar, so I was able to get on with
Overseas National Airways after about 6 months and
stayed there for almost nine years.
At ONA I worked on DC 8-61s, -63s and DC 10-30s.
I loved ONA as it was a family to me especially
after the crash of the DC 10 at JFK as we all
pulled together to get the equipment ready for
the next plane to go on the Hadj. I stayed with
ONA until the end. My first wife, Marilyn,
worked for ONA after I got laid off helping out
processing medical claims until the very end
and the Santo Domingo trip. Also my son William
or Bill, as he was known, worked at ONA as a
Passenger Service Rep. So you see ONA was a real
FAMILY to us.
After a short time I was able
to get on with the start up of the PanAm Shuttle.
In 5 years PanAm folded and the Shuttled was sold
to Delta but Delta did not take me so I was lucky
to get on with World Airways where I stayed for
over 15 years and retired.
In the Horizons there are several photos of me
including me with my 2 sons Bill and Pete, as we
were on the ONA softball team.
TWA Boeing 707
PAN AM SHUTTLE