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AIR BAHAMA HISTORY BY FRED COX CREW FRIENDSHIP REUNION WEBSITE FIRST PUBLISHED JULY 16, 2000

Boeing 707-320c
N525EJ, 1969

Boeing 707-320c
N525EJ, 1969

DC-8-63CF
Scotland 1975

DC-8-63CF
Le Bourget
Paris 1977

DC-8-63CF
Shannon
Ireland 1972

DC-8-63CF
Basel Mulhouse
Switzerland 1976

DC-8-63CF
Arlanda
Sweden 1976

DC-8-63CF Iceland 1976

INTERNATIONAL AIR BAHAMA CREW WEB

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ANDY BOER


Andy in the cockpit
Dedicated to the Air
Bahama / ONA crew
By 1968 Chief Stewardess
Nettie Miller


Tour Lyford Key
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort
(Balmoral Club)


Historic Air Bahama crew
layover hotels-Coral Harbour

Air Bahama timetable Nov 1974

ANDY BOER AND LARRY BOER

Andy Boer´s son Larry is a pilot with UPS since many
years back
. Larry flew with Air Jamaica in the seventies.
Larry sees Emmett Hays, ex-IAB F/O and Captain
in SFO when he flies to OAK. Emmett is still
flying a twin!


Bahamas - U S A - Luxembourg

Larry has flown with many who thereafter flew
for ONA, such as Dennis O´Connor, Jack Gold,
(Milt Marshall RIP) and maybe Paul Stark,
then with Seaboard, where Larry also put in
some coal. Larry is great friends with Al
Wintermyer who recently was one of the many
crew attending the glorious ONA Ft Lauderdale
Crew Reunion on March 10.

Air Bahama airplane N8630 now flying for UPS
Pix of N8630 (our N801UPS) on the ramp in SDF 
(StanDiFord Field, Louisville, KY,USA). 





The picture of the F/E panel shows the DYMO (brand of label maker) label at the top of the electrical panel that was put on as a joke by my Dad and Nino the maintenance guy. Nino to the right, who many of us remember from JFK After the incident I wrote about where they detached the engineer's panel IN FLIGHT to retrieve a CSD temp guage cannon-plug and kicked all 4 generators off the line, disengaging the autopilot, de-powering the pressurization to full descend and kicking off the galley power. So after being put in the mid-70s that sticker is still on in 2003! The cockpit pictures weren't good enough as I want to get them when all the EFIS (Electronic Flight information System) screens are powered up. But you can see how highly modified the engineer's panel is since they air-conditioning was changed to air-cycle machines (packs). I'll bet you have a lot of memories of being in that airplane and it being toaster hot. Not anymore. It will freeze you out even sitting on the ground and even with 252 people. On humid days, you can set it so cold the gasper outlets will toss little tiny ice pellets out as the water separator gets overloaded. UPS had a fleet of 50 DC-8s but we've only recently started parking some in the desert for disposal. Only two DC-8-71s so far but more will be going as we get more and more MD-11s and A-300 Airbuses.

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CAPITOL AIRWAYS REUNION

I worked for Capitol International Airways
(later Capitol Air) from '78-'84 and attended
a 25th anniversary (of Capitol shutting down)
reunion in 2009 it was only through luck that
I found out about it.

And lack of luck had kept me from knowing that
there had been renions prior to that big one.

160 ex-crewmembers attended.

Everything is the same here in the US with Dad,
Andy, and my mom. He had his 85th birthday in
February.

While attending my annual simulator training a
few weeks ago, I managed to obtain a beautiful,
full-color set of large DC-8 panel pictures used
in training. Of course, all our DC-8s are long
parked in the desert or chopped up but it was
great to get these for the walls of my office.
I can say, as can all the Air Bahama/ONA alumni,
that "I flew the Douglasaurus!"

Santa Maria, Azores

In 1974 when our airplanes stopped at Santa Maria
for refueling, I was a flight engineer on C-130Es
and we were returning to the U.S. after a month stay
in N'Djamena, Chad. We were headed for the military
base at Lajes (also the Azores) but the weather was
bad there so we landed at Santa Maria for fuel. As we
were waiting for the Lajes weather to improve, I see
a beautifully painted stretch -8 on approach. It was Air
Bahama. They taxied in and I see Dad waving from a
cockpit window to me. The winds had been so strong
that they needed to add fuel before continuing on
to Nassau. Of course I went over to say hi as they
hurriedly took on fuel. The part I really remember
was the F/As saying how little my airplane (the
C-130) looked parked next to their own gorgeous
stretch -8! Owww!


All photos by courtesy Larry Boer

Anne and Andy Boer in 2002


The Blue Vista Club, now condominiums



The re-engined and modified DC-8-73 cockpits.
These are NOT of N8630 but all our planes here
at UPS are standardised.

Hilton British Colonial Nassau Bahamas

United Kingdom


Iceland


Eire - Ireland


Netherlands


Sweden


France


Italy


Belgium


Germany


Brazil