SPAR NEWS

Revision Dates
Recent News February 13, 2018
Recent Deaths January 24, 2018
Memory Lane March 29, 2018

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Recent News

*2018 Reunion Documents

Printable reunion documents have been posted here. When you call the hotel to make reservations, be sure to mention SPAR. February 13, 2017


2017 Reunion photos

44 photos of the reunion have been posted on three pages starting here. The photos were taken by Anita Bouvier, Mike Bradish, Ken Kahn, Ted Loubris, Meredith Mitskog, and Adela Razzano. If additional photos are added, a notice will be posted in this section. June 24, 2017


2017 Reunion report

Once again, we had a great reunion. Although we had fewer attendees, 34 by my unofficial count, than in recent years, we all had a fine time. As soon as I receive the photos from our photographers and have processed them and added them to Web pages, I will notify the group.

Lou Furlong and Paul Cellecz are taking well-earned retirement from the management of SPAR and the organizing of reunions. Without their efforts and those of Ed Bouvier, we simply would not have had the last 8 reunions. I don't think it's possible to overstate the value of their contribution to us as a group and individually.

Thanks again to Lou and Kathy, Paul and Sheila, and Ed and Anita.

In the spirit of the same dedication to the SPAR group that they have demonstrated for the past 8 years, Dan Duffy has agreed to serve as SPAR president. He and Ed Bouvier will organize a reunion next year! May 27, 2017

The SPAR History and Staff pages have been revised. Please send corrections. May 28, 2017


The SFO museum at the San Francisco International Airport is planning an exhibition, scheduled to run from November 2018 to May 2019, on the experiences of the air crews that flew charter flights for the military during the Vietnam war. They are requesting the loan of such objects as first-person accounts and personal experiences, photographs, etc. More details and contact information have been posted here. May 14, 2017


The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, owns a C-54E/R5D-4 that actually participated in the Berlin Airlift. Capt. Pat Foley flew the airplane to the Sun ’n Fun Fly‑in & Expo in Lakeland, Fla. in April 2017. A photo of Pat and the airplane has been added here, courtesy of Jim Burke. May 10, 2017


Some of our retirees who live at the Spruce Creek Airpark in Port Orange, Fla. attended the Kentucky Derby party at the Spruce Creek Country Club on May 6, 2017. Dick won a prize for the men's "best hat." A photo has been received from Carol & Pat Foley.  May 9, 2017


A terrific newsreel about Seaboard during the Korean War has been posted on youtube by Bob Haley, husband of Art Norden's daughter Betsy. Be sure to watch it.  April 7, 2014

Earlier news items previously posted in this section can be seen here.


Memory Lane

In the history section, a page has been added describing Seaboard's brief connection to C.I.A. operations in Laos in 1964.   March 29, 2018

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Robert Kremer who worked in Seaboard maintenance. He died in 2014.   March 4, 2018

In the memorabilia section, a Swiss postcard showing Seaboard's first DC‑4 has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   January 30, 2018

In album section, a photo of an 4 crewmembers in the Persian Gulf in the 1950s has been added. Please let me know if you can identify the second man from the left.   January 1, 2018

* An interesting story about an airdrop of food and gasoline to a French research expedition in Greenland in 1951 has been added to the history section.   December 29, 2017

In the memorial section, the photo of Bill Lawrence has been replaced by a better one.   December 29, 2017

In the memorabilia section, a postcard brochure for German customers from the DC‑4 days has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 29, 2017

In the memorabilia section, another brochure for customers from the CL-44 days has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 27, 2017

In the memorabilia section, a photo of three key fobs has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 27, 2017

In the memorabilia section, a S & W Connie brochure for customers has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 26, 2017

In the memorabilia section, 2 items have been added courtesy of Capt. David Hill; a black cocktail stirrer and a shipping label.   December 24, 2017

In the memorabilia section, 2 items have been added courtesy of Capt. David Hill; a model of a B-707 and a box of SWA playing cards.   December 6, 2017

In the memorabilia section, photos of a brochure for people who wanted to ship pets have been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   November 20, 2017

In the memorial section, the photo of Capt. Larry Sullivan has been replaced by a better one.   November 16, 2017

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for Capt. Jim Moore.   November 13, 2017

In the history section, a link to a photo showing unloading a DC-4 on the DEW Line in the 1950s has been added.   November 13, 2017

In the memorial section, a page with a few sentences about Martin Ribakoff, a pilot who flew for Seaboard for a few years starting in 1950, has been added.   November 11, 2017

In the history section, a link to a comprehensive report of a DC-4 accident in Gander in 1955 has been added to the existing accident page.   November 7, 2017

Twelve photos from 1948 to 1950 have been posted in the album section. They were taken by Eugene Greider, the sixth pilot hired by Seaboard. Please let me know if you can identify any of the people in the photos.   October 27, 2017

In the memorial section, the photo of Eugene Greider, an early Seaboard pilot, has been replaced by a better one.   October 22, 2017

In the Seaboard Stories section, a story titled Crew Meals has been added.   September 6, 2017

In the memorial section, a page with a few sentences about Carol Eytinge has been added.   September 4, 2017

A C-46 once operated by Seaboard has been discovered in Chonburi, Thailand. A current photo and some of its colorful history are posted on a page in the History section here.  August 19, 2017

In the memorabilia section, S & W Connie playing cards have been added.   May 5, 2017

In the memorial section, information about the distinguished military career of "Arizona Smith" has been added to his memorial page, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   May 5, 2017

In the memorial section, a colorized photo has been added for Carl Brell. Move the cursor over the photo to see the colorized version.   May 1, 2017

In the memorial section, a colorized photo has been added for Capt. Ed McKinney. Move the cursor over the photo to see the colorized version.   April 30, 2017

In the memorial section, a colorized photo has been added for Capt. Dick Hettenbaugh, Sr. Move the cursor over the photo to see the colorized version.   April 20, 2017

In the aircraft section, a photo showing Capt. Ed Foster standing in the inlet of one of the JT9D-70A engines on a Boeing 747 has been added to the aircraft section. There is a link to the photo in the last sentence of the third paragraph on this page   April 18, 2017.

In the memorial section, a colorized photo has been added for Capt. Niles Grover. Move the cursor over the photo to see the colorized version.   April 16, 2017

In the memorial section, a colorized photo has been added for Ruth Field. Move the cursor over the photo to see the colorized version.   April 14, 2017

It seems that all that's left of Seaboard's B-747s are the two nose gear doors from N702SW. Photos of them have been posted here.   April 14, 2017

In the memorial section, colorized photos have been added for Richard Jackson and Capt. Bob Snowden. In each case, move the cursor over the photo to see the colorized version.   April 13, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Foncy Hobbins who worked in Seaboard operations at Shannon from 1957 to 1962. He died in 1967.   April 6, 2017

Earlier items previously posted in this section can be seen here.


Recent Deaths

Capt. Hilary H. Leiss

Capt. Hilary Leiss died on Jan. 10, 2018, after complications suffered from a stroke and related problems. He was 80 years old. He will be buried with full military honors. The funeral will be held on Friday, January 26, at 11:00 a.m., at the

Heritage Funeral Home
508 N. Government Way
Spokane, WA 99224>

An obituary has been posted online here.  January 19, 2018

A video tribute has been posted by the funeral home here.  January 24, 2018

Reported by Barbara Leiss


Jan van Berkum

Jan van Berkum died on June 8, 2017. He was 81 years old.  November 17, 2017

Reported November 17 by Reed Dilbeck


Art Koutras

Art Koutras died in September, 2017. He was about 94 years old.  November 8, 2017

Reported in Air Line Pilot Magazine


Capt. Bob Mangas

Capt. Bob Mangas died on September 18, 2017. He was 96 years old.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the

J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel in Charleston, S.C.

Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan, September 18, 2017


Capt. Ray Dorman

Capt. Ray Dorman died on June 25, 2017. He was 94 years old. A guest book and obituary have been posted online here.

Reported by John Winkelman, July 6, 2017


Jean Snidow died on May 11, 2017. She was 69 years old. A guest book and obituary have been posted online here.

Reported by Capt. John Snidow, May 12, 2017; revised May 18, 2017


Dick Sundermann

Dick Sundermann died on April 3, 2017. He was two weeks short of his 84th birthday.

The family will hold an inurnment at the Calverton National Cemetery on Tuesday, April 11, at 2:00 pm.

Reported by Capt. Paul Jordan, April 3, 2017


Fred Thorp

Fred Thorp died on March 18, 2017. He was 94 years old.
There will be a memorial service for him between and 1 and 4 p.m. at

Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home
235 Main St N
Southbury, CT 06488
(203) 263-2146

An obituary and guest book have been posted here.

Reported by Capt. John Dickson, March 22, 2017


Susan Clikeman

Suzie Clikeman died of pneumonia on November 30, 2016. She was 72 years old. An obituary of her is posted online here. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of her to post.

Reported by Nancy Pennell, January 11, 2017


Capt. Harry Donnell

I just learned that Harry died more than a year ago, at age 100, in the town where he was born.

Reported by Capt. Ken Kahn, January 8, 2017


Notices previously listed here about members of the Seaboard family who died have been transferred to their memorial pages or to this page.

For the memorial section (with some pictures and biographical information) for members of the Seaboard family who died, click here.


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