CAPTAIN GEORGE FLAVELL
CAPTAIN ED STARKLOFF
STARKLOFF FINAL PROOF
Chief pilot and Captain
An important and generally unknown member
of “Overseas National Airways” has gone West.
“Byron Field Sherrill”, was a major
participant in the original formation of
ONA as was Captain Ed Starkloff who is
the only remaining member of that group.
Although the original intention was to
provide an aircraft for "United Nations
Personnel” that did not occur and the
plan quickly morphed into the airline
we know as ONA.
These were the days of many start-ups
and the surplus C-54's, known as DC-4's
in civilian category, were the "big iron"
of that day.
Byron Field Sherrill was the first Chief
Pilot Of Overseas National Airways.
Jack Hogan flew co-pilot for him.
Captain Starkloff called contributed
Byron Field Sherrill, was responsible
along with others, of starting ONA in 1950,
thus beginning what we of ONA are all about,
which of course is skill and professionalism
and here I am very sincere because ONA was
demanding of flight crews and ground crews
and all of us who made up the airline.
We were a supplemental airline, a non-sked,
who carried military troops to the battlefield
countries of our adversaries or vacationing
groups to their choice of exotic destinations
all over the world with extra expensive
aircraft that could be converted to maximum
seating or cargo only configurations, an
option that government and tourists alike
enjoyed. ONA once carried more passengers
on the Atlantic Ocean crossing than Pan
This little bit of history of ONA is fragile,
there is only one left of that original
startup, Captain Starkloff.
Captain George Flavell
Byron Field Sherrill