SPAR NEWS

Revision Dates
Recent News May 28, 2017
Recent Deaths September 18, 2017
Memory Lane September 6, 2017

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Recent News

*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 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

A comparison of the productivity of the DC-4 with that of the B-747F has been added to the history section here.   March 31, 2017

In the memorial section, an additional photo has been added to the memorial page of Capt. Jack Alcure.   March 23, 2017

In the memorial section, the photo of Jim Borell, a Seaboard navigator in the 1950s, has been replaced by a much-better one.   March 23, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Adin Batson, a Seaboard navigator.   March 22, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for W.C. Hammond-Adler, a pilot who flew for Seaboard in the 1950s.   March 18, 2017

In the history section, several corrections have been made to the account of the Connie accident at IDL. The corrections came from the C.A.B. accident report.   March 12, 2017

In the history section, a brief account of a DC-4 accident in Iceland in 1951 and a photo of an undated DC-4 accident have been added.   March 10, 2017

The photos taken by Emily Stonitsch at the Seaboard Farewell Party, Oceanside, New York, October 3, 1980 have been moved to this page.   March 9, 2017

In the history section, an account of a mysterious flight in 1947 has been added.   March 2, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Nan Eykman who died in 1996.   March 2, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Capt. Art Jacobs who died in 2012.   February 28, 2017

In the history section, an account of a DC-4 accident in Pisa in 1952 has been added.   February 27, 2017

In the history section, an account of the Incident at Marble Mountain has been added.   February 23, 2017

In the history section, the Crew Manifest for first Seaboard Flight has been added.   February 16, 2017

In the memorial section, an additional photo and additional information has been added for Carl Brell.   February 16, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Gene Robinson, a navigator who later served as station manager at Travis Air Force Base.   February 14, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for John Robinson, a navigator who died in 2002.   February 13, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Jim Borell, a navigator who died in 2008.   February 13, 2017

In the history section, an account and photos of an accident in Frankfurt involving a Northwest Airlines B-747 has been added.   February 9, 2017

In the memorabilia section, a model of a C-46 has been added   Febuary 5, 2017

In the memorial section, an additional photo has been added for Harold Montee, an early Seaboard vice president who died in 1965.   February 3, 2017

In the history section, an account of a DC-4 crash in Gander has been added.   Febuary 1, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Harold Montee, an early Seaboard vice president who died in 1965.   January 25, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for navigator Billy Rees who died in 2011.   January 24, 2017

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for navigator Philip "PJ" Smith who died in 2008.   January 24, 2017

In the memorial section, pages have been added for Carl Horenburger, Ogden Gorman, and Edmund Schroeder, early members of Seaboard management.   January 23, 2017

In the history section, a photo of a DC-8 being loaded with a forklift has been added.   January 23, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for John Mahoney who served 20 years as vice president; and as a member of the board of directors.   January 21, 2017

In the memorial section, a photo has been added showing Henry & Laura Jane Heguey at a dinner in Luxembourg in 1956 honoring them for Henry's 8 years of service as Seaboard's European manager.   January 20, 2017

In the history section, an account of an early animal charter has been added.   January 18, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Capt. Floyd Benjamin.   January 16, 2017

In the memorabilia section, two early Seaboard newsletters have been added   January 16, 2017

In the history section, a map showing the intended track of the flight that was forced to land in the Kuriles has been added.   January 16, 2017

In the history section, two photos of a double engine change on the Dew Line have been added.   January 15, 2017

In the history section, a photo of the Seaboard Board of Directors around 1970 has been added.   January 15, 2017

In the memorabilia section, a DC-8 seating chart has been added   January 14, 2017

In the history section, a photo of two cargo carriers has been added.   January 14, 2017

In album section, a photo of an early DC-4 crew has been added. Please let me know if you can identify any of the people.   January 10, 2017

In the memorabilia section, an advertisement in Aviation Week & Space Technology featuring Jere Farah, Seaboard VP‑Maintenance & Engineering, has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   January 11, 2017

In the Seaboard Stories section, a story I titled Sleeping Beauty has been added.   January 9, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Frank Wyman, one of the first half‑dozen Seaboard pilots, hired in May or early June, 1947. He only remained at Seaboard for a short time before returning to active military service.   January 9, 2017

In the memorabilia section, a photo of a green CL-44 ashtray has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   January 7, 2017

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Eugene Greider, a pilot who flew for Seaboard, starting in 1947, in order to pay for medical school.   January 3, 2017

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for Ed Tonnesen, a pilot who flew for Seaboard in the early 1950s.   January 3, 2017

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for Capt. Woody Wray, an early Seaboard pilot who was hired in 1948.   January 2, 2017

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


Recent Deaths

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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