AMAZING ONA CREW! MEET RON!

ONA GOLD TRIP

by TOM FENWICK, RON ROBERTI
AND TOM HUF

1933 Cadillac and a WR1 Wolf F1 race car

Lockheed L-188 Electra
N284F at JFK in 1973


It´s wonderful to see pictures of some of the old ONA gang! It brings back so many memories of great friends and good times. The 60s, 70s and 80s had to be the best years of my flying career with ONA and I miss it very much.
Crew photos wanted!

I have a favor to ask. I want to have some of my memorabilia from my flying days framed so that my children will have something of me in my younger days. So much was lost when I moved to Houston. Any of the old gang that might have some pictures of me in the ONA days I sure would like to have some copies. Should any of you guys have a picture of me in uniform, a hat emblem and a pair of wings, I would be more than happy to pay for them, they can be sent to my home address. My address is in the passworded listings at the crew caption on this web.
A gifted ship model construction artist
RON ROBERTI IS REPRESENTED AT THE HOUSTON MARITIME MUSEUM

OCTOBER 7, 2006
Cheers from Ron!
For the gal that plans on moving to Italy I hope things have changed since our flights back in the 70's! I had many trips to Rome, Milan and a few to Sicily. You could not drink the water and they did not have any refrigerators.

In Sicily they didn't have hot water until after 6 pm. Otherwise the fun we had made up for it. On my first trip to Sicily we spent the night in Catania which is the birthplace of my grandparents so I went to their city hall and found out where my grandfather was buried and I was able to put flowers on his grave. They came to America in the early 1900s but after many years grandpa went back to Sicily. Grandma lived with us for the rest of her life. She was 97 when she died. She had 13 children,77 grandchildren and 45 greatgrandchildren. When I told my mother what I had done while in Sicily she flipped out! My brother also worked for ONA, his name is Tommy Delessio and he worked in the stock room at JFK.

All the best from F/E Ron Roberti



Joe Iscareo and navigator Franzek, Los Angeles 1967, outside Holiday Inn


We had a lot of long hard trips but the fun we had made up for it. I live in Houston, Texas now and I retired 6 years ago and work on my hobby full time. Right now I'm busy finishing up a ship model for a client but in about 2 wks. I'll answer your request for more ONA stories. I do have many stories but some are probably not for publication!



Captain Ed Veronelli, F/O David Mulligan and F/E Ed Kaye

The guys that I had the most fun flying with were Tom Fenwick, Jim Hamilton, Tom Huff, Eddy Kaye, Dave Case, Ed Chandler and the most fun of all was with Ed Veronelli. Tony Gaeta and I became close friends during the Elecra days in OKC and our families visited often. So far I have heard from Tom Fenwick, Sam Rogers, Jack Gold and Dave Case.



Greetings from Ron!
A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land, for $150." The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home. The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your wife home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only $150?" The man replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance.

The Gibson Girls

Maureen Hanna Perincheef and Fifi LaBine working the emergency transmitter, popularly named The Gibson Girl, at DC-8 ditch training, Holiday Inn, Jamaica New York in June 1966.

Photo to the right - Ulla Andersson and Christine Zintz, ONA 1968

You gals really took good care of us up front and I for one really appreciated it. The burp bags of miniatues sure helped make for some good layover parties. I was with ONA about 20 yrs. I started back when we had DC6s as a mechanic, then the company folded. When they started back up I came back as a maintenance rep. We still had only DC6s at that time, early 60s. Then came the DC8, DC9 and Electra so I started flying around 1965 or 66 until the end.


JEDDAH GALAXIE 1975

Galaxie - The Love Boat
Photo courtesy Maggie Lloyd Zeibak

I hated flying the Hadj every year but when we
had the cruise ship it was a blast!

The love boat was the talk of the
middle east for a long time.




RESCUER HERMANN MARWEDE
SPECTACULAR SHIP BUILDING

USS Constitution American Flagship,
a masterpiece by Ron Roberti


Flagship Constitution History
Photo No 1
The Constitution as it sits today in Boston with all the updates as required by the US Navy the model is almost 4ft.long and took 8 months to build, the most complicated part was the rigging.

Her first mission, during the late 1790's, was to guard American commerce in the Caribbean against French depredations. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sent her to the Mediterranean to protect American ships and seamen from attack by the Barbary pirates With Captain Edward Preble in command, Constitution and other ships of the squadron bombarded Tripoli. Thanks to such determination, a treaty of peace was signed in June 1805 between the United States and Tripoli onboard Constitution.
RON ROBERTI´S MASTERPIECE - USS CONSTITUTION - AMERICAN FLAGSHIP - Launched in Boston October 21, 1797 RON ROBERTI´S MASTERPIECE - USS CONSTITUTION - AMERICAN FLAGSHIP - Launched in Boston October 21, 1797 RON ROBERTI´S MASTERPIECE - USS CONSTITUTION - AMERICAN FLAGSHIP - Launched in Boston October 21, 1797 RON ROBERTI´S MASTERPIECE - USS CONSTITUTION - AMERICAN FLAGSHIP - Launched in Boston October 21, 1797 RON ROBERTI´S MASTERPIECE - USS CONSTITUTION - AMERICAN FLAGSHIP - Launched in Boston October 21, 1797 RON ROBERTI´S MASTERPIECE - USS CONSTITUTION - AMERICAN FLAGSHIP - Launched in Boston October 21, 1797 RON ROBERTI´S MASTERPIECE - USS CONSTITUTION - AMERICAN FLAGSHIP - Launched in Boston October 21, 1797
Photo No 2
Photos 2 thru 6 are some different views of the 36 guns. Continental frigate Confederacy which was built in Norwitch Conn. in 1778, a large and very decorative vessel that had a very short history. It was captured by the British in April of 1781. The model is 35 inches long and took 5500 hours of constrution, almost 3 yrs. Every piece is hand made. The decorative carvings were very time consuming. This model is called an admiralty type model and would have been presented to the navy at that time for approval to build, that is why there are no masts or bowsprit. It was to show how the ship would look. The construction, the placement of guns etc. The original model made in 1777 is in the Maritime Museum in England but is fallig apart rapidly.

Photo No 3


Photo No 4

Photo No 5

Photo No 6

Photo to the right Cecilia and DaveMcCloy -
photo courtesy Maggie Lloyd Zeibak


Gene Kirschenbaum and Bob Boettcher, ONA 1975
Photo courtesy Mary Kirschenbaum



Crew photo courtesy Ron Preed - left to right: no 1:?, no 2: Marlissa Berger, no 3: Milt Marshall, no 4:?, no 5: Ron Preede, no 6: Carolyn Carado, no 7: Paul Witting says its not him! Cd be Ken Meade?, no 8: Amos Blum


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