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CAPTAIN GEORGE FLAVELL



CAPTAIN ED STARKLOFF



STARKLOFF FINAL PROOF
ONA HISTORY

Chief pilot and Captain
Byron Field Sherrill

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 following information. 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 American Airways. This little bit of history of ONA is fragile, there is only one left of that original startup, Captain Starkloff. Best regards, Captain George Flavell

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