SPAR NEWS

Revision Dates

Recent News November 10, 2019
Recent Deaths February 6, 2020
Memory Lane March 27, 2020

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Recent News

*2019 Reunion photos

30 photos of the reunion have been posted here. The photos were taken by Anita Bouvier and Ted Loubris.  November 10, 2019


Pat Parlette was the Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day parade on May 27, 2019 in Darien, Connecticut. A Web page with a few photos has been posted in the Members Activities section here.  May 28, 2019


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 memorabilia section a matchbook showing a DC-8-55F has been added, courtesy of Pat Parlette.   March 27, 2020

In the history section, 2 documents have been added to the article about the 1968 capture of N8631 by Soviet MiG fighters. These documents were in the collection of Pat Parlette who left directions for their donation.   March 15, 2020

In the memorabilia section a black and white postcard showing a CL-44 has been added, courtesy of Pat Parlette.   March 15, 2020

In the memorial section, a memorial page has been added for Doug Bufis, a pilot hired in 1969. He died in 2018.   March 4, 2020

In the memorial section, a memorial page has been added for Wally Seymour. He died in 2017.   February 11, 2020

In the memorial section, the photo of Harry Berlin, a navigator, has been replaced by a better one.   February 11, 2020

In the memorial section, a memorial page has been added for Harry Newman, an early flight radio operator.   January 31, 2020

In the memorial section, a memorial page has been added for Klaus Mueller. He died many years ago.   January 28, 2020

In the memorial section, a memorial page has been added for Fred Blackman. He died on September 10, 2018.   January 22, 2020

In the memorial section, the photo of Capt. Floyd Benjamin has been replaced by a better one.   January 16, 2020

In the memorial section, a memorial page has been added for Capt. Pete Vandersluis. He died on June 4, 2019.   January 7, 2020

In the memorial section, information about the military service of Capt. Jack Williams has been added.   January 7, 2020

In the memorial section, the photo of Capt. John Morreale has been replaced by a better one.   December 31, 2019

In the memorial section, a memorial page and photo have been added for F/A Velma Ewing Henry. She died in 1998.   December 31, 2019

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for F/A Jill Judd.   December 27, 2019

In the memorial section, the photo of Ray Powell has been replaced by a better one.   December 27, 2019

In the memorial section, a memorial page and photo have been added for Charles Bell, vice president of operations. He died in 2017.   December 27, 2019

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for F/E Carl Chaplin, courtesy of Diane Stannard Huenerbein. Carl died in 1994.   December 25, 2019

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for F/A Linda Dillingham, courtesy of Diane Stannard Huenerbein. Linda died in 1982.   December 25, 2019

In the Family Album section, a photo of 4 crewmembers in Germany in 1969 has been added, courtesy of Diane Stannard Huenerbein.   December 25, 2019

In the memorial section, a photo has been added for F/A Sharon Way. She died in 1995.   Decemberl 25, 2019


Seagulls and a Stowaway, a story by Bill Callanan, has been posted in the Seaboard Stories section.   August 17, 2019

In the memorabilia section, a postcard showing N806SW, Seaboard's last DC-8-55CF, has been added.   May 24, 2019

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Helen Brown-Kessing. She was chief stewardess from 1967 to 1972. She died on March 15, 2018.   Reported by Julie Kane, April 9, 2019

In the memorial section, a page has been added for navigator John Kessing. He died in 1996.   April 9, 2019

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Harry Amdur , a pilot who flew for Seaboard in the 1950s.   April 8, 2019

In the memorial section, a page has been added for Capt. John Watt who flew for Seaboard briefly in 1965.   March 3, 2019

In the memorial section, a photograph of the August Martin High School, named after Capt. Augie Martin, has been added. It is linked to his memorial page.   February 16, 2019

In the aircraft section, a photo of Seaboard's last aircraft has been added.   January 24, 2019


Seaboard's first 747 still exists!

N701SW has been stored in Valencia Spain since 2010. It was also operated by FTL (N811FT), FedEx (N640FE), and Atlas before going to Pronair. This is a photo of it in 2016. It was still quite striking looking in 2008.   December 22, 2018


In the memorial section, the photo of Capt. Phil Tomasky has been replaced and additional biographical information has been included.   November 24, 2018

In the memorabilia section, an advertisement showing the interior of a Seaboard DC-8-63CF in cargo configuration has been added here, courtesy of Capt. David Hill.   November 5, 2018

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

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


Recent Deaths

Capt. Linc Dexter

Linc suffered a fatal stroke on Saturday, February 1 while returning home from a vacation. He was 83 years old. A memorial page has been posted for him.   February 6, 2020

An obituary has been posted online here.

Reported by Capt. Pat Foley and by North American Trainers Association, an organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and safe operation of military aircraft manufactured by the North American Aviation company.


Bill Callanan

Bill Callanan died on January 26, 2020. He was 95 years old.   January 29, 2020

A memorial will be held at Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz Calif. on February 1
Viewing at 1:00 pm and service at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (philarmh.org) or DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust (dav.org).


Louis Bicknese

Louis Bicknese, a pilot who flew for Seaboard in the Connie days, died on December 6, 2019. He was 96 years old.   December 25, 2019

His daughter Dr. Joanne Bicknese created a memorial page for him. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests a gift to the New England Air Museum.

Reported by Dr. Jeanne Bicknese


George Mayfield

It was recently learned that George Mayfield died on March 5, 2017. He was 83 years old. No other information is available.   December 8 , 2019


Pat Parlette

Pat Parlette died on November 6, 2019. She was 93 years old. She was in poor health since March but never complained and did not want her trouble widely known.   November 6, 2019

Friends may call at the

Edward Lawrence Funeral Home
2119 Post Road, Darien, Conn.
Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien
on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery, Darien.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Darien Community Association (DCA), 274 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT 06820.

An obituary has been posted at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home.

A memorial page, with several photos, has been posted on this Website.

Pat Parlette

Reported by Cyndee Rogers


Capt. Al Kressel

Capt. Al Kressel died on March 24, 2019. He was 78 years old.   October 16, 2019

Reported by Capt. John Dickson (FTL)


John Crowley (F/E) died on July 2, 2019. He was 76 years old.   September 12, 2019

Reported in Air Line Pilot magazine.


Peggy Bochkay

Peggy Bochkay, wife of Capt. Rich Bochkay, died on September 5, 2019.   September 10, 2019

Reported by Capt. Ed Bouvier


Eugene Snow

Eugene Snow, who flew briefly for Seaboard from 1969, died on May 9, 2019. He was 80 years old.   August 10, 2019

Reported in Air Line Pilot magazine.


Capt. Norm Sivertsen

Capt. Norm Sivertsen, who flew for Seaboard from 1969 to 1970, died on June 26, 2019. He was 81 years old.   July 3, 2019

Reported by Capt. Bob Neal


Dominic Ciorciari

Dominic Ciorciari died on January 9, 2019, 5 weeks before his 79th birthday.

There is an obituary online here.   February 6, 2019

Reported by Pat Parlette


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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