International Air Bahama Crew Friendship Site
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


INTERNATIONAL AIR BAHAMA CREW WEB

AIR BAHAMA BEAUTY QUEENS




TEX DAVIS WITH MISS BAHAMAS


FRANCES CLARKSON ABERLE
All photos by courtesy Neil Craig

RUTHIE LIGHTBOURNE



ESTERLETTA ADDERLEY ALLEN



VERNICA FERGUSON


NEIL CRAIG

Documenting Air Bahama history


I do not actually have any connection
with International Air Bahama although
I live in the Bahamas and have flown
twice to Luxembourg in route to London
and it was a wonderful experience.
I wish International Air Bahama was 
still flying today. As a Bahamian I have 
studied the history of beauty contests in 
the Bahamas as well as International 
contests like Miss World. One thing I 
noticed was that several stewardesses on 
International Air Bahama were contestants 
in Miss Bahamas and Miss Commonwealth 
Bahamas. 

Most notably Frances Clarkson Aberle who 
won Miss Commonwealth Bahamas in 1971. 
During the 1971 contest the four other 
runners-up were given titles and the 
opportunity to be stewardesses with 
International Air Bahama. 
One of the titles was Miss International 
Air Bahama won by Emerald Green who also 
won Miss Photogenic. Gaby Fajean the 
reigning Miss Luxembourg Nation and reign 
Miss Models International was flown into 
Nassau and she crowned Miss International 
Air Bahama. 

Ironically enough the Winner Frances 
Clarkson who was at the time a stewardess 
with International Air Bahama had met 
Miss Luxembourg Nation a year ago in 
Luxembourg. Gaby stayed a week in the 
Bahamas at the British Colonial Hotel. 
Others who worked for International Air 
Bahama were Donna Fernander who was a 
contestant also in Miss Commonwealth 
Bahamas 1971 and she later modeled in 
Europe. 

Vernica Ferguson a runner-up in Miss 
Bahamas Jaycee 1966 the 1st contest 
held in the Bahamas to pick a rep for 
Miss World and then she was also a 
runner-up in Miss Bahamas for 
Miss Universe.

IAB Airport Manager 1975
"IAB AP Mgr Wendall Barry said
that IABīs Super DC-8 landed
with 249 pax load. Among pax was
ORIGINAL TARZAN Johnny
Weismuller and wife Maria."
Wendall to the left of photo.










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Bahamian Representatives
in Beauty Pageants

Newspaper clippings and
Documentation
by Neil Craig!


AIR BAHAMA AIRPORT MANAGER
WENDALL BARRY




WENDALL BARRY
Here is a picture of Wendall Barry.
He was the International Air Bahama
Airport Manager in Nassau for many
years. This picture is microfilm from
the Nassau Tribune newspaper November
1972. The picture is taken by the IAB
ticket area I think. You can see the IAB
sign in the background. Wendall is
shown wishing Bon Voyage to Miss
Commonwealth Bahamas 1972 Hedda
Cleare. Hedda flew on IAB in route
to the Miss World contest held at
the Royal Albert Hall in London.
All My Best from Neil

Miss Commonwealth Bahamas
1969 Wanda Pearce


GUDRUN JOHANSSON FEDERICO
IAB Station Manager at the time
Gunnar Sigurdsson and IAB Air
Hostess Gudrun Johansson. They
were wishing Bon Voyage to Miss
Commonwealth Bahamas 1969 Wanda Pearce
as she left on IAB in route to
London were the 1969 Miss World
Contest took place. Also shown is
the then Minister of Tourism of
the Bahamas Clement T. Maynard.
Microfilm copy.

1972 PRESS
MR MAILLIS FORESEES
BRIGHT FUTURE FOR IAB



Nassau Guardian Clipping







YVONNE SHAW WITH
BAHAMAS AIRWAYS


YVONNE SHAW
International Air Bahama Chief stewardess
first Bahamian stewardess. To the right
Yvonne Shaw meets wife of the Premier,
Lady Symonette.
To the left posing in front of
Bahamas Airways first BAC 1-11 aircraft.

LOVELY MODEL VERNICA


ANNA ERIKSSON AND VERNICA



YVONNE APPOINTED CHIEF
IAB STEWARDESS



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