June 1979 -
Oakland AP 1967
DC-8 nose from Horizons
I had actually attended an ONA reunion in
the 1980's somewhere in south Florida.
A near local gathering would be of interest
...great destination road trip.
Surprisingly (or not) the collection is
completely mine. Most items were mementos
that just ended up in a closet for many
years; and stayed with me when I was
domiciled in Houston and New York before
returning to the Detroit area in 1998.
I later added to the collection at flea
markets and from eBay. When I chanced upon
the upright display cabinet at an antique
auction - my first thought was to use it for
my ONA memorabilia.
The photo I forwarded is the color copy of
one previously used in the ONA Horizons
publication from the late 1970's that
featured employees from around the globe.
I also have a picture of me under wing of
the DC10, that I will try to find and
forward to you.
I came to ONA after spending a year with
both World Airways (in Chicago) and
TransInternational (in New York).
But Detroit was my home. I knew the local
ONA staff, and when the Las Vegas
Turnarounds became popular in the
mid-1970's, I was hired by Charles Larmony,
then Station Manager. His wife Kris was
the local Catering Manager.
Both were New York transplants. ONA had a
large cargo operation out of Willow Run
(KYIP) just down the road from Detroit
Metro (KDTW) which provided maintenance
support for the passenger charter fleet.
It was not unusual to have three DC8
aircraft positioned in Detroit between
revenue flights during this time.
Of course, I did a rotation at the Hadj:
Kano Nigeria with the DC10s, and an
occasional DC8. In addition to my fair
share of road work into cities ahead of
the aircraft in preparation of flight
activity. Other notable personal from
the Detroit office during my years with
ONA were Louis Brand and Ed Wolf.
Lou and I actually shared an apartment
on a local lake, where crew members were
always welcome during layovers; many
likely have stories they may be reluctant
Charlie and his wife eventually returned
to New York, whereby I become the Detroit
Station Manager with considerably reduced
flight activity. Shortly thereafter the
airline ceased operations with that final
employee trip to the Dominican Republic.
ONA has always stayed with me, providing
great memories of people and places.
Local ground personnel were family, I still
communicate with a few of them to this day,
and actually ended up working with both Lou
Brand and Ed Wolf for a period of time in
the many years since those ONA days.
After ONA, I initially worked with Flying
Tigers and Airborne Freight before landing
with a nationwide ground handling company;
with whom I spent the next seventeen years
(at three airports) managing the guys that
tear up your bags. During that time, my
company provided services for the new
Overseas National's 747 on at least one
occasion in Houston (KIAH). Relocating with
arrival ground handler in the mid-1990s,
business was limited to scheduled operations
- not too exciting. My heart missed the thrill
of charter flights - both passenger and
especially cargo. I guess that started with
my direct supplemental air carrier
experiences from the seventies; with whom
ONA will always be the standout favorite.
A picture of a dual DC10 departure
day in Detroit with me as Operations
Manager monitoring the ground activity
in standard ONA aviator shirt with
embroidered logo and ONA tie over
grey slacks ... if nothing else,
we looked the part.
DC-8 Zurich July 1975