SPAR NEWS

Recent News Revised January 16, 2017
Recent Deaths Revised March 22, 2017
Memory Lane Revised March 23, 2017

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Recent News

*2017 Reunion Documents

Documents for the 2017 SPAR reunion have been sent by e-mail and are posted here.   January 16, 2017


I recently received a photo showing an unidentified crewmember on Wake Island. Please notify me if you can identify him.   January 15, 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


Ten years after Capt. Ed Cardinali's last flight at FedEx, he and Rosie got together in Vermont with Dennis Quick & Christl Mathis. A photo has been posted in the Album section here, right after photos taken on the occasion of Ed's last flight. Ed is 70 today.  September 10, 2016


16 photos from the 2016 SPAR summer lunch in Connecticut have been posted in the Family Album section here.


2016 Reunion photos

52 photos of the 2016 SPAR reunion have been posted on three pages in the Album section.  May 13, 2016


In the Album section, 24 photos from the Celebration of Life Party for Capt. Nick Tramontano have been added. An additional photo has been added to his memorial page showing Nick with Pat Parlette and a group of World War II veterans whom he took for a ride in a DC‑3 on Sept. 14, 2013.  April 20, 2016


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In the memorial section, the photo of Jim Borell, a Seaboard navigator in the 1950s, has been replaced by a much-better one.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

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for Duke Effinger, a pilot who flew for Seaboard in the early 1950s.   December 31, 2016

In album section, the ZoomifyTM feature of the large photo of the 1951 Christmas party in Santa Monica didn't seem to be working properly. I deleted it so that the photo can be viewed.   December 29, 2016

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Capt. William Carr, one of Seaboard's first pilots.   December 28, 2016

In the history section, an account of some famous passengers on a 1948 Seaboard flight has been added, courtesy of Capt. Ken Kahn.   December 28, 2016

In the memorabilia section, a Seaboard & Western advertisement from the March 1953 issue of Flying magazine has been added. It is the earliest Seaboard ad we have so far.   December 18, 2016

In the memorabilia section, photos of the cover of a timetable for Seaboard service to Scandinavia have been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 15, 2016

In the history section, a list of Seaboard officers and executives in 1957 has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 13, 2016

In the album section, a photo of Lloyd Churchey, George Mayfield, and Chuck Burger at the Casino du Liban in Lebanon has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill   December 12, 2016

In the memorabilia section, photos of the cover of a color version of the August Martin Activities Book for Children have replaced the previous version, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 12, 2016

In the aircraft section, a photo of a Seaboard B-707 taking off from Boeing Field has been added.   December 12, 2016

In the memorabilia section, a photo of what looks like a bumper sticker has been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 12, 2016

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for Capt. Bill Headley.   December 11, 2016

On September 30, 1988, Vice President of Flight Carl Hirshberg made the last Seaboard flight. His note in the maintenance log expressed his sentiment and has been added to the history section."   December 11, 2016

In the aircraft section, two photos of the B-747 upper deck have been added  December 11, 2016

In the memorabilia section, photos of two upper-deck checklists have been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 11, 2016

In the memorabilia section, photos of two shipping labels have been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   December 11, 2016

In the history section, a photo of an early Seaboard traffic/warehouse facility has been added. It stands in contrast to the photo of Building 260.   December 10, 2016

A little-known fact of Seaboard's history is that one of the first, if not the first, aircraft purchased by Seaboard was a surplus A-24B "Banshee," the Army version of the Navy's SBD "Dauntless." Unfortunately, no photo is available but a little bit of information about Seaboard's dive bomber has been posted in the aircraft section.   December 7, 2016

In the memorial section, pages have been added for Capt. Herb Holmes and for Jules Sarver.   December 5, 2016

In the memorabilia section, photos of the original seaboard Video VHS cassette and booklet VHS cassette and booklet have been added, courtesy of Capt. Ken Kahn and Capt. David Hill.   November 28, 2016

In the video section, the list of the 442 photos included with the original Seaboard Video VHS cassette has been added.   November 28, 2016

In the history section, a page and two photos have been added for the listing of Seaboard on the New York Stock Exchange, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   November 25, 2016

In the memorabilia section, photos of a green CL-44 brochure and a red CL-44 ashtray have been added, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   November 25, 2016

In the Aircraft section, a page has been added for the two DC-8-54CF aircraft operated by Seaboard, courtesy of Mike Bradish and Tom Amross.   November 19, 2016

In the memorial section, additional information has been added for Capt. Bill Eastwood courtesy of Sarah Eastwood Wittman.   September 19, 2016

In the memorial section, the photo of Capt. Jay Jennings has been replaced by a better one.   September 3, 2016

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


Recent Deaths

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


Capt. Bill Eastwood

Capt. Bill Eastwood died at home in Sedona, Ariz. while taking a nap on August 10, 2016. He was 96 years old. He was cremated without fanfare, and there will be no memorial service, in accordance with his wishes. His memorial page will not be complete for about another week, as his family is currently preoccupied with more pressing matters. This is a preliminary version. A notice will be posted on the news page when more information, and perhaps another photo, is added.

Reported by John Eastwood, August 22, 2016


Bob Schipper

Bob Schipper died on April 7, 2016, about a month before his 95th birthday. He will be cremated on Monday, April 11th. A memorial Mass will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11 AM at

St. John’s Catholic Church
Main Street
Stratton, Me. 04982

Committal services will follow at the Upper Cemetery, Eustis, with full military honors provided by Camp Keyes, Augusta. Following services, all are welcome to attend a comfort reception at the Community Building. Remembrance gifts may be given to the Dedham Elementary School Music Program, 2065 Main Road, Dedham, ME 04429, att. K. Lawson. Tributes and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at

Wiles Remembrance Center  

Reported by Ken Evans, April 11, 2016


Jean Glick

Jean Glick died on March 16, 016. She was 94 years old. There will be a celebration of life for her at her church in Largo, Fla. at a date to be determined.

Reported by Tina Wojciechowski, March 16, 2016


John Willmott

John Willmott died on March 11, 2016. He was 101 years old. His remarkable life is described in greater detail on 4 pages starting here.

An obituary has been posted online here.  March 20, 2016

Reported by John's niece Elizabeth Taylor, March 15, 2016


Capt. Bob Gibson

Capt. Bob Gibson died on March 11, 2016. He was 77 years old. An obituary has been posted online here. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Andrews Church in Kent, Conn.

Reported by Sabine Gibson, March 15, 2016


Chris Buckerfield

Chris Buckerfield, former Heathrow Station Manager, died on Feb. 22, 2016. He was 77 years old. There will be a funeral on March 14, 2016. There is an e-mail address for anyone wishing to attend in an article in aircargonews.

Reported by Ray Nicholls, March 3, 2016


Capt. Nick Tramontano

Capt. Nick Tramontano died on February 5, 2016 in the crash of a P-51D in which he was riding as a passenger. He was 75 years old. There will not be a funeral but there will be a party to celebrate his life at a date to be announced.

A nice tribute to Nick has been posted to Huffington Post.  Christine Negroni, the author, also posted it to her blog.  Feb. 12, 2016

A newspaper in Maricopa, Ariz. published a story about Nick here.

There is also an article in a Danbury, Conn. newspaper here.

Reported by Capt. Bill Bond, Feb. 6, 2016


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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