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Featuring great pilots
of Overseas National Airways



I was given the opportunity and a class 
date to fly the Lockheed L188 Electra 
for Overseas National Airways in May of 
1968.  I was living in Wisconsin and was 
very excited about finally, after many 
applications, getting the big chance 
to fly for an airline.  There were 
no guarantees--I still had to make it 
through ground school, simulator and 
flight training.  The training went very 
well and I was greatly impressed with the 
very thorough curriculum and the 
professional instructors we had. 
Dave Lampard and Tom Sellner were my 
flight instructors.  They were both 
superb pilots and great guys to be around. 
I also had a good bunch of guys as my 
classmates. We often studied together and 
helped each other out with problem areas. 
The friends that I remember well were 
Siggy Brege, Dick McConnell, the Dee 
brothers--Neff and Lee.
I flew mostly the military cargo flights for the Air Force and Navy (Logair and Quicktrans) and was based at Warner Robins, Ga., Norfolk,Va., and Oklahoma City. Our trips were very challenging with many stops and with very marginal weather at times. The Electra did not have the equipment that other ONA aircraft had.

Lockheed L-188 Electra N284F at JFK in 1973
We had no auto pilot, flight director or sophisticated navigation assistance. But, I think it made us all better pilots. I flew with many exceptional pilots, flight engineers and navigators. They all will be in my memories for a long time. Captains Bill Holloway, Erik Moberg, Del Hollenbeak, Tom Fenwick; flight engineers Ted Moore, Duane Gibeau, Ed Chandler; and, navigator G. Keating are just a few that come to mind. I always had to commute to pick up my trips because I have lived in Ogden, Utah since early 1969. It usually worked out well, though, as the ONA DC-9 flights frequently stopped at Hill AFB. HAFB is only about 15 minutes away from my home. I spent many an hour seated in that hard jump seat and picked up a lot of good tips just observing those great crews performing their missions. I was fortunate to dead head quite often with Jim Hamilton and got to know him well. What a great friend he was. I upgraded to Captain on the Electra in Feb. of 1971 and flew my last trip on May 2,1972. What a great ride while it lasted. I enjoyed the military flights because of the challenges. I also was able to bid reserves some months to fly charters and the passenger Electra (N182H). I was involved in the Cuban airlift, some Caribbean destinations and a trip to Paris. ONA was my only airline experience due to a medical problem that occurred that prevented me from ever getting my first class medical back. My health has been great since the surgery but I will always miss my flying and the great people of Overseas National. Sincerely, Larry McKenzie


Guam runway
LARRY & SON


Larry and his son just after landing
"Captains Bill Holloway, Erik Moberg,
Del Hollenbeak and Tom Fenwick;
flight engineers Ted Moore, Duane Gibeau,
and Ed Chandler; navigator G. Keating
are just a few that come to mind."



I think I know who the first officer 
is in the crew DC-8 photo. 
Siegvard Brege was in my Electra 
class in 1968. He was a great guy 
who flew fighters with the Swedish 
air force before coming to ONA. 
His friends called him Sieggy for 
short. He was #90 on the 1977 
seniority list a few numbers ahead 
of me. 
Larry McKenzie, OGDEN UTAH


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Lockheed L-188 Electra N182H -
photo by Larry McKenzie
Port au Prince Haiti

LARRY McKENZIE


FLIGHT ENGINEER
SENIORITY LIST
by courtesy
Duane Delk

WARNER ROBINS AFB GA



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Photo from Paul Stark´s web
Crew listings by George Flavell

Listings originally crafted
by Will Hobbs for Paul Stark´s
original website.
The listings thereafter
are managed by
captain George Flavell.

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ONA pilots 1 July 1969

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Published on the Overseas National Airways Crew Web www.onacrew.com on February 22, 2009
Updated on March 29, 2009