OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS CREW WEB


Convertible
DC-8-55
Flagship
Contender

UACI 747
Saudi colors
June 1979 -
Febr 1981

Douglas
DC-8-55F
N851F,
Flagship Resurgence

Electra
L-188C N182H

DC-7B N953P
Oakland AP 1967

DC-8-55
Travis AFB,
CA 1969

DC-8 Zurich
Switzerland
July 1975



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CAPTAIN TED SECOLA

DC-7, DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, B-747 COMMANDER

I hired on with ONA April 1st, 1966, as 
a F/O on the DC-7 and eventually checked 
out as captain. Then on to the DC-8, DC-9, 
DC-10 and finally the B-747 (United Air 
Carrier Inc) and my first assignment with 
ONA was to report to Lakeland Florida to 
join a group of employees already in place. 
I remember Bob Travelute was there and 
Billy Tedder, I canīt recall who else was 
there. However there were quite a few 
people there. We were to test fly the DC-7īs 
as they came put of the overhaul facility. 

We flew 3 or 4 of the overhauled a/c and 
accepted them prior to taking them up to 
JFK for use by ONA. It was an interesting 
experience as we put the a/c thru its paces 
to make certain all the components were 
firmly attached and working. I was given 
the opportunity to hone my flying skills
thanks to Bob Travelute with whom I flew 
most of the time and at least one flight 
with Tedder. When we returned to JFK, 
 Bob Love who was the chief pilot 
finally gave me the final check out and 
turned me loose for line flying as a 
Captain.



Prior to joining ONA I was with Saturn 
Airways based at San Antonio TX. 
With Robert Love, Steedman Hinckley and
a few other furloughed ONA pilots. If I 
remember correctly Steedman invested some 
monies with Mr. Goodman who was the 
president of Saturn with the expectation 
of investing more money and eventually 
taking over the company. This was only 
rumours at the time. I have often thought 
how much better off ONA would have been 
if Steedman would have been able to 
acquire Saturn instead of starting from 
initial start up of ONA from the 
ground up.

 

Steedman accepting first DC-10
Steedman left Saturn early in 1966, I believe, 
to work on getting ONA back together and
shortly after recalled all the furloughed 
crew members back. Then called for new hires. 
Thatīs when I got a call from Bob Love to 
work for ONA.

One story comes to mind.Ron Preede was 
with ONA while I was still with Saturn. 
ONA and Saturn flew the same CAM flights, 
as it was usually the case. It was at 
Ft. Lennardwood that I parked my DC-7 next 
to an ONA DC-7 with all its props lined up 
and squared away. I knew immediately Ron 
was the F/E on the ONA aircraft so I got 
my crew to dress up my aircraftīs props. 
Then we changed Ronīs props to an 
esqued position. I donīt think Ron ever 
mentioned it to me but I think he probably 
knew who did it!

I have a few more stories to relate but I 
think I will hold them for another time.

Captain Ted Secola


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