Duane Delk sent me a message in regard to an Lockheed L.188 he noticed on my webpage and also came across a
|I saw a picture of L-188 N281F up in Alaska being used as a trainer for the Fire Dept, and it brought back memories as I flew it with Overseas National Airways as a Flight engineer 1971 to 1973.|
From: Propliners on the Last Frontier.|
N281F (c/n 1079) Lockheed L.188AF Electra, in use as a ground fire trainer at Anchorage-Ted Stevens IAP; hopefully it will serve that purpose for a long while and won't go up in smoke...
Also Hawaiian Air Cargo leased N281F from Zantop in 1977 and flew it on an Air Force contract called Log Air out of Robins AFB, GA.
My first flight with ONA was in Dec of 1971 and my last was in Aug of 1974. ONA had two DC-10's, and lost one of them at JFK on take off due to a large bird strike of sea gulls. The aircraft aborted the take off, but the engine caught on fire and the aircraft was destroyed. There were no deaths. There were 128 crew members on the aircraft
Deadheading to Saudi Arabia to start taking people to Mecca.
ONA had ten L-188's. We had a military contract with the USAF called LOG AIR. We had bases at Tinker AFB,OK, Robins AFB, GA and Wright Patterson AFB, OH.
After the big layoff in 1974, ONA sold the L-188's to Zantop Intl at Willow Run,MI.
After that a new airline Air Express International was formed with two CL-44's. After two years we became Aeron International. I became Chief Flight Engineer at Aeron. We flew two trips a week from JFK to Stanstead,UK and adhoc charters. The CL-44 operation ended in late 1989 due to lack of parts. The two CL-44's were N121AE and N122AE. After Aeron I went to work for Evergreen Intl on DC-8-70's. In March of 1990 I was grounded due to medical problems.
In the USAF I flew as a Flight Engineer on KC-97G's/C-97G, C-124 A&C and C-141 A&B. I flew as a Flt Mech on B-25J's and C-119C, F&G's.
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Dennis Delk sent me these photos and added:
Here are some pics of C-124 Globemasters at the Will Rogers Int'l Airport, sent to my Dad (Duane Delk); these are photos taken by one of his friends in the mid 1960's and digitalized.
Duane Delk was an Air National Guard Advisor as a C-124 Flight Engineer, during this time in Oklahoma City, OK. (From 1965 to 1969).
Duane Delk found this photo on Airliners.net.
Photo published with permission of the photographer, Fred .de Ruiter; click on the photo for a link and larger image on Airliners.net