(typed from Lillemorīs handwritten
diary dated as below!)
My first flight as a stewardess
for Overseas National Airways
by Lillemor Ostlund Garsten
Lillemor and Rose Marie Neuber
at Lebanon, Beirut
July 9 - 10, 1966
In the morning I was informed that I was
going out on a flight at 4 pm to Texas.
I called ONA operations on the phone and
they said that we did not have to check
in until 2 pm.
At 1.45 pm I arrived at the ONA office.
There we found out that the flight was
delayed some more and we would not check
out until 4 am.
Goran Wramback (only male Swedish steward!)
who was on the flight with me and I,
then tried to get a room at the Holiday Inn,
which we had no luck in doing and there
was no point in returning home.
So we slept in Janetīs office.
(Janet Irwin, Chief stewardess)
It was terrible but we woke in time, on with
the uniform and out to the airplane just to
find out it was still not ready to board
so we had breakfast at a Dinerīs and then
out again to the airplane.
Someone was mistaken with a radio message
and we had to wait some more.
Finally a group of French young people
were allowed on board, some 12-13 hours late.
Goran Wramback, Elisabeth Gustavsson, Fifi
aBine and I were in the cabin which
meant we were one cabin crew short
to serve a full load.
Flying time to Brownsville Texas was 3 hours.
Onboard everything went just fine.
I felt as if I had been a stewardess all
my life! It was an easy flight, not much
work. In Brownsville we let the passengers
off. It was terribly warm and damp.
Then we went on directly to Fort Worth
to take a full load of Americans
who were mad because of the long delay.
We worked like animals and we still did
not do anything in time. People were
standing in the aisles screaming and
making noise. Kidīs were sick to their
stomacks as we passed right in the middle
of a rainstorm, but we didnt have time
to think about that, altho we were more
above the floor then on it due to the
turbulence. But I thought it was a whole
lot of fun!! When we arrived to New York
we hadnt slept for almost 40 hours!
This was my first flight!
Lillemor at left (wearing red shoes)
at ONA Friendship Reunion in
New York 25 October 2003
July 11-12, 1966
I checked in at ONA operations at 3 pm.
Conny, Beverly and I commercialed to
Montreal. Well there we went around town
for hours, had dinner, looked in stores
and did sightseeing at the airport and
then went and changed into uniform. At
around 10 pm Mary Jayne van Vorst
and Ingrid Mjornell Hinckley arrived
with another commecial flight and we
took off with the DC-8 loaded with
At 2 pm local we arrived at San Antonio
Texas - it was warm and terrible.
We just passed thru customs, went on
board the airplane and checked supply.
We ferried with an empty airplane to
Los Angeles, slept a little and woke
up to a wonderful morning with a fantastic
view over the mountains.
It was now the 12 July and 7.30 am, a
little cool in the air. We went to a place
to have breakfast then again checked in
on board. Passengers arrived and we were
flying to London UK.
A lot of little children but they were
good. Everything went fine tho pax were
grumpy because of the 2 hr delay.
We worked hard and Mary Jayne said it went
well. We flew back to Montreal Canada after
London where a new crew took over. We were
standing by to commercial to New York on
Canada Airand we were lucky to get on board
all of us.
We arrived in New York City late evening,
had some supper and went home.
I am terribly tired but I still think it
is a lot of fun!
MISS ONA 2009
Overseas National Airways
N821D Douglas DC-7B
Overseas National Airways