ONA DC 8
Photo courtesy Ron and
Anne (Braddock) Preede
Friends will say,
"Just ask, I'll help you through it."
But you don't wait for me to ask,
You just get up and do it!
And I can think
of nothing more
That I could wisely do,
Than know a friend,
And be a friend,
And have a friend like you.
Bill flew the Electra and DC-9 at ONA and then
went to Air Jamaica (DC-8 and DC-9).
Bill was a man of great wit who was much admired
and enjoyed by all who knew him.
He could always be depended upon to do, and say,
the right thing in any situation.
As a young First Officer with ONA I flew with Bill on a regular basis during my first three years of employment there. As I recall, before ONA Bill was a B52 bomber pilot in the US air force. You could not find a nicer person to fly with, or to sit at the bar with laughing and telling the kind of war stories, that pilots like to tell.
So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a true gentleman.
Bill joined ONA in March of 1968 to be trained as a Captain on the L-188, Lockheed, "Electra", about 2 years later he became a Captain on the DC-9. A great friend and colleague.
Bill Holloway was a Electra Capt flying out of
Tinker Air Force Base.
I met him in 1975 when we flew dc 8s through there.
He was a great person.
Bill and I flew together many times on the DC8; he made the trips shorter with his joyful humor and professional persona. We both flew for Air Jamaica after ONA. In retirement we both lived close by, in Texas.
I will miss his e-mails.
Bill was stationed at Warner Robins Air Force Base in the early 70's, flying for ONA...The pilots home away from home was The Hilton Hotel. A station wagon was always on hand to take the pilots to the base, one day it was not working and I volunteered to take the crew to the base. Upon arriving, another crew had landed and I told them what happened to their transportation. All of the crew were anxious to get back to The Hilton and the famous coffee shop..I offered them a ride and they graciously accepted. I was known to be a heavy footed driver, all five ft one inches of me..and another bad habit I had was talking with my hands. When the 26 miles were over. My friend Bill (I called him my Sgt. Bilko) got out of the car and sat down on the ground. I think he kissed the ground if my memory is correct, he stated Mary, do me a favor. Please don't ever offer me a ride again....and I think he by passed the coffee shop and headed for the Silver Lounge. I have so many memories of those two years and many of them about Bill..My condolences to Sharon and Bills family.
Mary Fairbanks Popwell
Bill Holloway was just behind me in the Electra program.
(I was DC-9) He later joined us on the '9. In appearance
he had a great resemblance to Phil Silvers of Sgt. Bilko TV fame.
He had a great sense of humor, was a retired Air Force
pilot and a good driver.
My favorite memory of Bill was when I was flying right seat for him in an
Electra going into
Grand Forks AFB. We had a "near miss"
with a Frontier Convair -
I was flying and I hauled back and the Convair went right under us. I don't think
they ever saw us - we had asked for traffic and was told there was none. When we
got on the ground Bill went to base OPS and read them the "RIOT ACT"- you could
hear him all over the building. He was always nice to me and a fine pilot.
Larry G Duncan
Bill was a good friend and a wonderful person to know.
We will all miss him and wish his family our sincere sympathies.
I remember Bill for his sense of humor and general fun to be around.
My condolences to his wife.
Carl von Doymi
I was in the same Electra class with Bill Holloway so I knew
him during the Electra and DC-9 days although we rarely were
in the same plane together except for deadheading or checkrides.
I always thought it would be great to have his quick wit that would
come up with an unexpected quip before anyone else could think.
I'm sorry to know he is gone.
Erik W. Moberg
ONA Flight Attendantsī Reunion