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started with Airwest in July 1968 as a station agent right after the merger. I
worked in catering for the first few years then moved into operations. I later
bid the ramp when we took over working our own ramp. I stayed in San Francisco
until May 1993 when I transferred to Memphis. I still work the ramp in Memphis
and will probably remain there until hopefully I retire. I still run into a few
of the people who started with either AirWest or Hughes Airwest.
I was hired in July of 1977 and currently residing in Southern Calif. I am
based in LAX. Thanks for getting this site going.
Maria Dolores Ramirez
I started iln 1974 with RW, I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and am off for a few months trying to sell real estate, my buyers are driving me nuts, I go back to flying next month, I am based in Detroit and am pro-union, there is a reason pilots have one??!!!! I am based in Detroit, my other email is email@example.com
I joined Hughes Airwest in 1977 as
a crew scheduler in Las Vegas domicile, then moved on to Flight Control in San
Mateo, until the merger with Republic Airlines. In 1982 I left Republic and
joined Pan American World Airways in Flight Control until its dismiss in
December of 1991. In 1995 I joined United Airlines, flight dispatch, and then
moved un to the Air Traffic Organization working as an ATS Representative, and
Manager of FANS (Future Air Navigation Systems) Implementation for Latin
America. In 1997 I was hired by ARINC Incorporated as Director of Marketing and
Sales for the Latin American region, based in the town of Weston,
R. Ramirez, CTC
am Roberto Ramirez Hired in Guaymas Mexico in
1973 through 1992, and memories from those years
are so vivid when you see all the names of people
that I once work with. After leaving GYM
I went to LAP, SJD, MZT, GDL and CUN, then I
decided to leave the company and return to my
hometown of GYM for a little while, now I reside
in Scottsdale and have been involved in travel
and hotel business. Those years were memorable
we were a family proud to belong to it, and
thank you Tom for the effort of putting this
I was hired in the October 12 F/A Class of 1974. I worked as a flight attendant for about a year and was
based in LAS and PHX. In the fall of 1975 I applied for, and was hired as a
Crew Scheduler. My base was the General Office in San Mateo, and later SEA and
LAS as crew scheduling was de-centralized back to the crew bases. A few months later it was announced that the company was
going to hire pilots off the street in early 1976. Since I had about 3,000
hours in a light airplane I applied for a pilot job. I
was interviewed by Mr. Ed Altman and Captain George Locke. I was accepted for
the May 11, 1976 Pilot class. While at RW I flew co-pilot on the F-27 and
DC-9. I also was fortunate to hold Captain on the F-27 for about 2 months right
after the agent strike. (John Brunton eat your heart out!!--just kidding,
John!). During that time I flew the final revenue flight of the F-27 from
Crescent City, Ca. to Arcata, Ca. then to SFO. My crew for that flight was F/O
Craig Friday and F/A Karen Vercellino. Karen made the last flight quite
memorable! Since then I have been based in PHX, SFO, SEA, and MSP. I
am still flying for Northwest. My current position is DC-10 captain. I will
turn 60 in July, 2010 so I have a way to go yet. Even with the hardships
today's airline employee faces, I still really enjoy the job. My best wishes to all of my coworkers from RW. I hope to
see you some time at a reunion, retirement party, Oshkosh, etc.....
was hired as a FO by Pacific Airlines in 1965,
and then moved back to Seattle after the merger.
Took early retirement due to arthritis and my
last flight was in 1984. Still miss it.
Since then I've refurbished 3 airplanes
and overhauled 2 of the engines. We have two
children, two devoted schnauzers and I'm still
married to Carol. Our daughter Jodie,
is a FO for Alaska Airlines. We've spent
the past nine years in the Methow Valley. Beautiful
country but I'm tired of plowing snow for 6
months out of the year. We are now living
in Payson, AZ.
Address: 721 W Sherwood
hired in May of 1966 as Swithboard Operator
- PHX when Bonanza moved from LAS. Also
did Employee's Club work and am still involved.
(See Reunions) In 1973 I became Sales
Secretary for the PHX Region, went on medical
leave in1980. After a short time in LAX
reservations, I took early retirement. I
enjoyfriends and family and do some traveling.
Hope to see you all at the Phoenix Reunion
on Nov 5, 2005
|RW-Res 22Jan79 retired from NW SEA Res. on 1jun90
My husband, Phil, retired
from KING-TV in 1991 and we purchased an acre in Eatonville WA where we built a
home and shop. Still have Cairn terriers although I do not show or breed any
more. I am still weaving and spinning, and have taken up quilting. I also am
still doing dog portraits in watercolors on commission. Phil keeps busy in his
wood shop. Retirement is great!
I have had some health problems,
had my aortic valve replaced and a by-pass on my birthday in 1999, followed by
a new knee the next year and extensive back surgery last year. Phil says I am
now the bionic woman and Jim McDowel reminds me (my valve is from a bull) to not
graze too close to the road. Our address is
4313 Christensen-Muck Road E
Eatonville, WA 98328
opened the first airlines sales office in EUG
on May 15, 1972 for RW. We were very competitive
with UAL and held our own with the "yellow
bananas". Was very lucky to be on the staff
and co-workers of Rusty Rostad, Ed LeShane,
Don Cooper and assistant Carol over in BOI,
Glenn Bottemiller, Rob Priest and Dick Fouts.
Great year in EUG with C.A.B. hearings with
our pull out from CVO and RBG. Worked with Dick
Fitzgerald and Mike Murphy on that. On May 1973
I was promoted to DSM-BUR. Wonderful time there
at the small, but fun Hollywood-Burbank Airport.
Worked with Jack Stoops, Joe Cadenhead, Mike
Conroy, Frank Arciga, "Johnny" and
great folks at BUR Airport. With assistance
from Jean Wade (Casseli) and work with Russ
Stephenson, we launched a "Two Beers from
Burbank" promo for flights between LAS
and BUR. Increase marketshare by 17% with no
additional seats. This promo was in June of
1974 and really put BUR on the map. October
1974 moved to San Mateo and the "Building
on the Hill" as the Manager of Agency Sales.
Worked with Dick Neal and oversaw the carriers
program with the travel agency community. Great
job and at that time the 57% of the total revenue
came from travel agents. Not so today, I'm afraid.
Many fun and great times during that period,
but one really challenge came in 1975 when President
Nixon wanted to ration fuel to all carriers.
Was lucky to be a part of team lead my Mike
Murphy to lobby people in the State of Oregon
to pressure Congress to allow RW to get its
needed fuel. We won and got our fuel. Sad day
in September 1975 when I was part of the fellow
workers to get the "laid off" notice.
Though my stay at RW was short, but worked with
and got to know some of the best people ever.
From that time, I could write the book on downsizing,
merged out of business, over qualified, etc.
but was lucky enough to work for several other
airlines in the Pacific Northwest in the past
years. Long story short, was in PDX with Wien
Air Alaska, Jet America and then Alaska Airlines,
where I do not draw a short retirement, Still
working and need to keep on going, so am working
as an Independent Contractor marketing a International
motivational speaker, marketing a health supplement
has saved my son's life and improved my wife's
Fibromyalgia. Living in Beaverton, Oregon a
short hop and skip from PDX. Would love to hear
from some of the old gang and what's up with
your lives. Reach me at: jdrckl@comcast. net.
Thanks for wonderful times and memoirs at RW.
We were the best, period.
Update: Still working part time marketing for a auto body and
collision repair company along with three other woman. Great duty. Marketing the low cost health benefits program for
people saving hundreds on the medical bills--contact me at my email
1962-attended Weaver Airline Personnel School
in Kansas City (still hold my free life-time
placement card). Hired by BL to work in
LAS Res above the old hanger at McCarren Field.
March 1963 Moved across the field to the
present location. Worked in Communications,
above the ticket counter, next to Res and Dispatch.
Moved to PHX in 1966 to the new G.O. Transfered
to LAS Res later in 1966 and stayed until it
closed. Then moved to PHX Res, stayed about
a year and transfered to SFO CRC, then to SFO
Res, where I met my wife, Sandy, and we are
still living happily married ever after. In
1971, moved to PHX Res until just before they
closed. Transfered to DTW counter in 1984.
Worked there until 1989. Back to
SEA counter and SEA Res. In 1992 transfered
back to the counter until March 8, 1999-Retired.
Enjoy restoring old houses, cars, furniture,
trunks and crank phones. Like is good!
Retirement is awesome.
Update: Ed and Sandy now reside in Ritzville, WA.
While seeking employment with the engineering department of Airwest in Phoenix,
Marilyn Redmond suggested that I take a job as a station agent to get my foot in
the door. There was an opening at the Grand Canyon and she set me up with an
interview. I started with Hughes Airwest that summer. That was May of
1971. I worked at the Grand Canyon for six months and since it was seasonal
and they cut back during winter, I was laid off. I returned to Scottsdale and
back to work at Motorola as a printed circuit board designer. In June of '72, I
got a call back to the Canyon. After working three months and fearing another
layoff for the winter, I took a transfer that opened up in Las Vegas. Working at
the Grand Canyon spoiled me. We got a chance to work all the positions; ticket
counter, load and unload baggage and passengers, do the weight and balance and
take the weather every hour and call Prescott flight service. We had to get a
weather license from the Salt Lake City weather center. Working there was pure
pleasure. While in Las Vegas, I couldn't get use to doing just one thing over and
over although I did enjoy working in operations when I got the chance. In
February of '74 I left on my own and returned to good ole Motorola as a pcb
designer. June of '74 I finally got a call to work in the engineering department
in Phx. My brother Larry was already working there as the designer/draftsman so
I joined him. While there almost five years, I enjoyed my job and met and worked
with many great people. I left Airwest April of '79 and went back to work as a pcb designer at
various companies around the country. I ended up here in Lebanon, Missouri and
been here ever since. Small towns are great. I spend most of my days working
with my brother once again. He is a coppersmith and makes 18th century
copperware. It keeps me busy.
I was hired as a station agent by West Coast Airlines on July 27, 1959, In
Spokane, Wa. and worked here until April of 1983. Wwhen Republic closed
several stations in the RW ystem, I transferred to PHX.
where I injured my back and had two surgeries before being able to return
to work. I was assigned to LAX ( I was so happy to get back to work, that I
would have gone anywhere). That was in 1987 and in 1989, I transferred to
SEA, where I worked until 1992. I transferred to Spokane in 1992 and
retired in 1998. I had gone through the Airwest merger, the Hughes Airwest
buyout, and the Republic buyout. When I went to LAX, it was my iniatation
into Northwest. My wife, Jan, and I live in Spokane, as do our three
kids and six grandkids. We pretty much spend all of our free time in the
summer at our water property near Sandpoint, Id. The winter is spent
attending sporting events, school functions, Etc., of our grandkids.
There are several former Hughes Airwest people in the Spokane area, and some
of us get together quite often. In fact, there is a get-together on April 18
in Issaquah, Wa.If anyone visits the Spokane area, please call us at
(509) 926-6019 or (509)990-0050.
Larry B. Robinson
I retired from Northwest Airlines April 15 2003. I started my career with Huges
up at the Grand Canyon in 1974. From there I was transferred to San Diego,
which I hated and then went to Salt Lake City. From Salt Lake City I
transferred back to Phoenix which is my home town having been raised in Mesa
Arizona. I was cut from Phoenix and then was forced into Detroit where I stayed
for a couple of years. I then remarried and moved to Memphis where we raised a
son and stayed for 16 years. It was getting time to think about retiring so I
was lucky to be able to get transferred back to Phoenix which is where I retired
from. I now live with my wife in Mesa right where the rest of my family lives.
Hired at WCA 6-22-1959. I retired from NWA 8-01-2005. I moved to MSP in
1985 after being based in SEA and briefly in Atlanta. I can't believe I am
still here. My WCA and HAW days are very precious to me. I have remained
single, so am now an old lady with a cat. I have had a bad battle with breast
cancer but am doing very well now and have my health back. Best wishes to you
I was hired on April 4,1966 with West Coast Airlines in
Seattle flying out of Boeing Field at the time. I started on the DC-3 and
soon we were duel qualified on the F-27. We flew trips that used
both aircraft. I couldn't have been happier being hired with only 250
hours at 22. I flew my first Captain trip at 27 in the F-27. I went
through all the mergers and was never furloughed. I was based in Seattle
until they moved all the Fairchild time to Portland for a year and then back to
Seattle. At 34 my next Captain position was on the DC-9 based in SFO for
3 months got a Capt. bid back to SEA. When they closed SEA I went to ATL
for 2 years and then they moved the DC-9 time to MEM. I retired off the
A320 Airbus based in DTW. I count myself blessed to have flown the DC-3
with old technology and finish with the fly by wire A320 and all during the
first 100 years of aviation.
In 2000 I moved to Bellevue, Washington. My wife Gloria
and I enjoy driving vacations and boating.
Started in 1968 May 01 with Bonanza Airlines
PHX, Tech. Instrument & Radio Shop for
Dir. Joe-Bon Smith + 36 Other Tech's. 1969 AirWest, R & E Tech. Hangar &
Flight Line mtc. 1972 Hughes Airwest, R & E Tech.
Hangar & Flight Line mtc. Had a great time working all over the
world, for R.K. Jorgenson ExVP, overseas
operation Temporary assigned to work with Airlines
like 1973 Toa Domestic Airlines in Tokyo, Japan,
Aircraft Technical Rep. DC9 1975 NorcanAir in Alberta, Canada,
Aircraft Technical Rep.F-27 1977 Royal Nepal Airlines in Katmandu
Nepal, Aircraft Technical Rep.B-727-100 1979 Philippine Airlines in the Manila
Philippines, Aircraft Technical Rep.B-727-200 1980 Republic Airlines Lead Tech MEM Flight
lines 1986 Northwest Airlines Lead Tech Flt Line,
Hgr & Eng & Comp. Shops ATLanta GA Now NWA - ATL
Lead Tech. Aircraft Tooling
Carmon Rowen:I have bid Back to PHX, Arrived
on Fathers Day, and now living in Ahwatukee,
and working as,Lead Tech. of the Plant Maintenance
Crew.It is sad to see the old PHX Hagar
being torn down now.It is even more sad
to hear that ATL Mtc Base is Closing,Layoff
Notice's going out 15Dec02 for all in ATL
I flew for Bonanza starting in 11/27/67. From there we merged and merged
ending with Northwest. I now live in Temecula,Ca. and miss everyone. My husband,
Marshall, is a
Merchant Marine Officer and at this time I have a son, who is a senior in high
school and a daughter that graduated from high school last year. Temecula is a
beautiful place in wine country and an hour north of San Diego and 35 min. from
the beach. Before moving here I finally got my degree in teaching and have
enjoyed substitute teaching at the high school and elementary school. If any of
my airline friends ever come down this way, please let me know, we'd love to
I was hired in June, 79' and was in the last flight attendant class of Hughes
Airwest. At the same time the company was just opening the Denver base
domicile. After training, I spent a month in LAS on TDY before I eagerly moved
to DEN. I experienced a furlough just months after I was hired, but other than
that, I spent the entire time in DEN until Republic closed the base in 1982. I
still have my "I survived the DEN closure" t-shirt. I was transferred to LAS,
then to Atlanta, Detroit, and back to LAS...still maintaining the bottom reserve
status at all bases and getting bounced around like a superball. The merger
effected my seniority and stability so I eventually decided to quit and start
over. In 1983, I took another flight attendant position with The Hawaii
Express (HE) based out of Los Angeles. (It was the Club Med of the airline
industry at the time). "Party in the Sky" was the motto. So I went from"Top
Banana" in the West to the "Big Pineapple" in the Sky. Within a year, the Big
Pineapple got sliced (the airline filed bankruptcy) and I bid a final farewell
to a career in the friendly skies. I worked five years in the interior
design industry before attending grad school to earn a Masters Degree in
Counseling. I have been working as a counselor for over 13 years now and have
been living in Newport Beach, CA since 1994. I have nothing but the greatest
memories from my years with Hughes Airwest. My friends and co-workers from DEN
and LAS were the best! It was a fun job and an exciting career. I'd love to
keep in touch. Thanks to Tom for making this website happen.
hired on with Air West in Las Vegas. 10 Oct 68 Went
through last half of merger.. Stayed in Las until
03 June 85 with Republic. Got transferred to Memphis,
been here ever since. Fixing to retire, as they
say here in the south, in March of 2003.
I worked for Bonanza Air Lines at Orange County Airport in 1958 & 59. I then went to the East Coast and worked for Eastern Airlines, the Air Transport Association of America, Pan American World Airways (in the NYC Headquarters), and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Montreal and Geneva. I retired from IATA in 1998 after 40 years in the airline industry. I now live in Oxford, Connecticut.I attended the Reunion which was held in Phoenix in 1997. I would be pleased to get in touch with other people who worked for Bonanza in 1958 & 59.
was hired Oct. 13, 1958, at that time the airline
was called Southwest Airways, approx. 2 weeks later
the airline name changed to Pacific Airlines and
I think everyone knows the rest. I remained with
the Airline until last July when I retired, just
short of 42 yrs.
was really surprised to find out that Hughes Airwest
had a web page, really is great! Nice job. Thanks
for all the individuals who put the web page together
and keeping it up to date.
hired on in PHX on 28Jun76 as an R&E mechanic.
I bid to ATL in April of '83 to the instrument
shop. Went back to the hangar/line in '86. Transferred
upstairs to the harness/metrology department
in '95. I will be retiring this fall.
I started flying with BAL (Fun Jet) in 1965.I married and quit flying to live in
Europe with my husband.I came back to work for AW in 1971 and I'm still flying
(although,I have sinced divorced).Iv'e been fortunate enough to complte a full
circle.I started my flying career on the F-27 and now fly as a purser on the
747.Iv'e had many wonderful experiences and still love my job!I'm based in LAX
and fly mostly Asia.
Started with Bonanza in FLG in Aug of 1959, then 4
year loa due Uncle Sam was looking for me. Spent 2 years of my Air Force time
near Istanbul, Turkey at a remote site named Karamsul Air Station. After the
Air Force went to YUM and when TUS opened I transfered to TUS as a supervisor.
Took Medical LOA in 1995 due to a couple heart attacks and open heart by-pass
surgery. I still live in TUS and see Hank Puryear often. He and I are both
members of the DAV number 28 here in TUS. Also in contact with Charlie Campbell
and Joe Lewis both former Bonanza, Airwest, Hughes Airwest & Northwest
employees. Charlie retired, Joe still working here is TUS.
Jan Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
started my career with RW in 1976 in TBM (Ticket By Mail) in HQ-San Mateo.
Eventually moved in to Res and then Res Supervisor. Transitioned over to World
Airways with Charlotte Peters. I was Asst. Res. Mgr. There wasn’t Res. Mgr.
From World Airways I went to Hailey Travel (acquired by American Express
Travel) in Los Altos, CA as a supervisor on the Burroughs/Memorex Account. From
there I was courted by United Airlines, SFO Res. I spent 10 years with them.
Was then courted by Maritz Travel in 1985 and became their West Coast Trainer.
Then owned a Curves in Petaluma from 2006-2011. I’m now retired and an
Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot.
In the fall of 1961 I was hired as a air hostess at BAL. We owned 6 airplanes
--all F-27A SilverDarts.I was in the first class that did not receive DC-3
training. After 3 years in the desert I chose to quit and move to the Pacific
Northwest where I was hired by West Coast Airlines. Not many months later, I
decided to marry and so I quit a second time--because marriage and flying was
a concept that was not discussed in the same sentence. Days later, I decided
that I still wanted flying more than marriage so--WCA was willing to rehire me
and this time,I stayed through two marriages and divorces and many airline
changes until 08-02. At WCA I was based in SEA and flew on DC-3's, F-27's, and
DC-9-10 and 30's . Then came Air Worst (upps- West) and then Hughes Airwest
where I worked onboard 727-200's. Also, I became a union activist and stayed
active for twenty years. Then came Republic Airlines, deregulation, paycuts,
base closures (including wonderful SEA). I commuted to MSP for a short time and
eventually transferred and moved to MEM.I worked onboard MD80's and 757's. By
this time, because of the social attitude, the number of men that sought the
job, and equal-rights legislation, we finally became Flight Attendants. In 1986
Northwest Orient Airlines bought Republic Airlines-----such a long way from
WCA. I was based in LAX and finally back to SEA, and I worked onboard DC-10-30's and -40's, A319's and A320's,
747-200's and 400's. I retired as a NWA purser. I believe that I worked
through a great era in airline history and was privileged to work in the same
industry for my entire career; however, the time and people I remember with love
is my time at Bonanza, West Coast, and Hughes Airwest. I live outside Seattle,
am a gardener, and do some local volunteer work.
of hire BAL 28 Jan 1957 base Las Vegas. Presently
residing in Southwest Mo. I would like to
make contact with William F. Smith. Last known
base Seattle, in the early 80's. I would also
be glad to hear from anyone else. If George
Brinkop has recent information on Erich Hartmann
DOD, I would appreciate it.
I hired with Bonanza way back in March of 1966 in Las Vegas. Worked in
Phx,Den,Hou,Mem,Lax and back to Las where I took an early retirement in Nov of
1993. Not that I wanted to retire but got tired of bumping around the system.
We now have a doublewide in Tempe,AZ and an A frame in PA. Winters in Phx and
summers in PA. I would be pleased to hear from anyone.
I was hired in Oct., 1963 by BAL, worked in Las in teletype, transferred to
Phx with the company in 1966. Transferred in early 1969 to Flight Dispatch in
Sfo as asst. dispatcher. I was RIFed in Feb, 1970, went back to Phx in Maint.
Control as an aircraft router and stayed in that position until l was furloughed
in Oct., 1971. I met my wife, Janelle, while she worked in Phx Res. We married
in Sept 1971 and stayed married for 30 years, til we divorced. After being let
go from the airlines, l went to work for Smitty's SuperValue there in Phx.
Worked in the stockroom at first, untill l transferred to the meat department in
1972. After a two year apprenticeship program, l became a meat cutter and stayed
in that position until l retired on Jan 1, 2002. In Nov, 2002, l bought a place
in Lakeside, Az., moved up here and am happy to be out of that god-awful heat
and polution of Phx...a little cold, a little snow, a little rain....but, what
the heck...life is good up here in God's Country.
I was hired as an RW pilot in 1968, retired from NWA in 1996
and have been working and living in Humble,Texas since 1987.
I started a convenience store , a restaurant and a bar at Cypress Lakes.
It is sort of like the Oil Well down here, it is a hole in the ground only you
throw money "into It" instead of take money out of it...Good luck
with the site and addresses and yes it is unfortunate that the list is
shrinking but no one is telling where the "Fountain Of Youth" is
with Pacific in 1966, went on medical with Republic
as DC-9 Capt in 1984. Would like to hear from
some of the folks I use to fly with. The
picture was taken in Detroit with a friends airplane (Varga) Dick Rohn
who is now an airbus captain in Detroit
I was emp as a Pacific Pilot, then Airwest, started with them as a !st
Officer in 1967 and was furloughed in 1970 never to return. I ended up with a non sched as a
Capt on the old DC-3 .
3707 Pocatello St
Irving Tex 75062
By the time I retired (1995) we had
grown so big that I had lost track of most of our Hughes Airwest family. Thank you for all your efforts to
bring us all back together.
Raymond (Ray) Simons
2632-23rd Avenue West, Apt 3
Seattle, WA 98199
Nancy K. Simpson
Started as Ticket Agent in Boise, Idaho 11-12-67 for
West Coast Airlines. I was promoted by Eric Wilson to be Assistant
Station Manager in Salt Lake City in 1976. Then
opened the Milwaukee Station for Hughes Airwest in 1978. I left Republic in
1982 due to a Reduction in Force with the 15% pay cuts. I loved working for
Hughes Airwest! I spent 4 years with Milwaukee based Midwest Express
Airlines as their first Reservations Manager from 1984-1988. I then went into the Kitchen and Bath Industry for 11 years.
started with Hughes Airwest 6/07/72 in Santa Maria
Calif. (SMX) part time then after six months went
full time. I was transferred to Palm springs (PSP)
12/20/75 where I worked for fourteen months before
transferring to Santa Barbara. I returned to Santa
Maria in August of 1978 as a senior agent to close
that station in March of 1979 after deregulation.
I then was transferred to Fresno which I helped
in closing in April of 1985. I am now an equipment
service chief in Los Angeles cargo and hoping to
retire in seven years. It is not as much fun now
as it was under the Hughes Airwest days, it now
is just a job.
I graduated from FA training up on the hill on June 7, 1978
and was dispatched to LAS with several of my classmates. Took an early
retirement a few years back when they were offered. Wow, I sure do miss
Education seems to be my way of filling the gap from not
flying any more. I love going to school and being around all the high
energy of the younger kids. Keeps me young.
Currently, I am living in Livermore, CA with my husband,
son, dog, and cat. Please feel free to call or email and let's spend some
time catching up!
Hired 05JUL1966 as Station Agent/BFL. Transferred to SFO as Senior Station Agent/Acting Res Spvsr. In Res for about one year. In 1969 transferred to Crew Scheduling/SFO. Crew Schedular/Senior Crew Schedular till 1988. During that period I was in SFO/SEA/MSP. After four years in MSP Crew Scheduling transferred to MSP Ticket Counter and got a bid back to SFO Counter in 1989. Retired from there July 2004. Moved to Indiana. Have condo in Pattaya, Thailand where I do volunteer work at an orphanage 2-3 months at a time about twice a year. Am thankful to Jim Arnone/PHX for telling me about this website. Have been able to get in contact with a number of my "old" friends including Lee Littlejohn/PHX who is trying to get a reunion of us BFL guys together. What fun that would be.
1960 I was hired by Bonanza Air Lines as a Station
Agent in Las Vegas, NV. Married my wife Linda
in October 1960. Went through the BL-PC-WC
merger – what a total system wide fiasco that was.
But, we survived! Hughes Airwest management
and all of the employees working together brought
the airline back from the brink of disaster and
built it into a fine airline. For a number
of years I also served as a Union Chairman, was
a member of several negotiating committees, member
of the System Board of Adjustment and finally served
as Master Chairman before leaving Hughes Airwest
after 18 years in 1978. I returned a year
later in 1979 as an Assistant Station Manager in
Phoenix, AZ. I remained in that position until it
was eliminated in May of 1985 when Republic decided
there would only be the 3 hubs of DTW, MEM &
MSP. We returned to the Southern Nevada area
and I kind of semi-retired. Currently I’m
just plain old retired and love it. Linda
and I enjoy traveling around the country and Canada
in our motor home and plan to continue this wonderful
activity as long as we both remain in good health.
I worked at Hughes Airwest from 1974 to 1980. My last
position was Sr. Director of Sales/Marketing and was responsible for
advertising, marketing research, and promotions. I left shortly after the sale
to Republic to join Atari (video games) where I became VP Advertising. I left
Atari in 1983 for a brief stint at the Gap Stores as Sr. Vice President of
Marketing. In 1985 I joined Visa International, where I spent 14 years –
culminating as Executive Vice President of Marketing. In 1999 I was courted by
the high-tech industry and joined 3Com as their CMO/Sr. Vice President of
Global Marketing. I was ready for a break from the corporate world in 2002 and
formed my own consulting business (SOMO partners) and took on consulting
assignments for 6 years. I ended up going back to work full time for one of the
companies I consulted with and now am Chief Marketing Officer for SunPower
Corporation – provider of solar energy solutions for homes, businesses and
utility/power plants around the world.
husband, Mike Moone, and I live in Menlo Park, California, but also
have homes in the Palm Springs area and at Kirkwood (in the Tahoe area) where
we spend our recreation time. Our two sons, Michael – age 25 and Matt – age 22,
are both out of college and working in the SF area. Our passions are spending
time with our sons, skiing (snow and water), tennis and hiking. I also serve on
a variety of Boards – both for profit and not for profit.
I was hired in YKM by West Coast Airlines in 1958, then worked in BOI (relief
agent), then PDX, back to BOI and then back to YKM as a Chief Agent, and on to
MCI when Republic left the West Coast. Had a great time with a lot of very good
folks associated with Hughes Airwest. I was active with ALEA as Local Chairman,
contract negotiating committee and grievance committee for many years. Retired
in 1999 and moved to Port Townsend, Wash., and have since moved to Florida.11
have continued to work in the Wholesale Travel Industry
to Mexico. I live in Bellevue, WA and Puerto
Vallarta, Mexico and like what I do, so this is
retirement for me.
I STARTED MY EMPLOY WITH PACIFIC AIRLINES AT ACV APRIL 1960. THEN TO LAX IN MAR 1961--TO FAT APRIL 1962--EVEN MADE ASST MGR... ON TO BUR JAN 1964 AS MGR--EASY STATION..ON TO RDD AS MGR NOV 1965 AND LEFT THE COMPANY TO GO INTO THE TRAVEL AGENCY BUSINESS AUG 1968. WOW WHAT A RIDE..5 STATIONS IN 8 YEARS. REDDING WAS A STATION THAT REQUIRED ALL THE EXPERIENCE GARNERED FROM PREVIOUS PLACES - RESERVATIONS-TELETYPE-RADIO-TICKETING-WEATHER MISC OBTAINED FROM THE WX BUREAU AT RED BLUFF. THAT WAS CURENT WX NOT FORCASTING.-- AND AS WE HAD NO CONTROL TOWER WE WERE REQUIRED TO OPERATE A REMOTE RADIO AT EACH LANDING--IN ADDITION TO FUELING --100 OCTANE AND JET FUEL. STATION OPEN FROM 5AM THRU 11PM OR WHEN THE LAST FLIGHT ARRIVED. HAD AN EXCELLENT CREW THAT MADE THINGS WORK. WIFE HAD TEACHING CREDENTIALS BUT SINCE WE MOVED OFTEN SHE COULDN SIGN A CONTRACT UNTIL WE REACHED REDDING. WE PURCHASED AN EXISTING TRAVEL AGENCY AND ONLY TOOK 10YEARS TO PAY IT OFF- DURING THIS PERIOD WE ALSO OPERATED ANOTHER AGENCY IN RED BLUFF. WE STILL LIVE IN REDDING--YOU KNOW THE PLACE THATS COOL IN THE SUMMER AND WORM IN THE WINTER.. RETIRED IN 2000--32 YEARS IN THE TVL AGENCY BUSSINESS ANOTHER GOOD RIDE
browse the Hughes Airwest web site and each time I do I say I'm going to come
back tomorrow and put my bio in and you know how that goes. Well tomorrow
I hired on at BFI 6/22/1966 as a station agent with West Coast at the age of
19. I survived West Coast/Airwest/HughesAirwest with a move from BFI to
SEA thrown in there, on to Republic and then, of course,
Northwest. I hit one little bump around 1985 or so when i was
furloughed by Republic, but rather that transfer, I took the lay off and was
called back in about 6 months and was on the payroll when the Northwest
acquisition took place. I worked the ramp for NWA for a year or so, and
then transferred to SEA air cargo where I had a nice cushy warehouse job for
the next 20 some years driving a fork lift. The only suitcase I ever
touched after that was my own when I was taking a trip. I retired
6/22/2008, 42 years to the day I hired in, and I never left Seattle my whole
I have a wonderful daughter from my first marriage and she has blessed me with
2 wonderful grandchildren. One girl and one boy and they are so tuned in
and smart they scare me. Can't figure how they got stuck with me.
I was married to Donna 11 years ago. We have a small fixer-upper in Green
Valley, Az. just south of TUS. Donna is still working, I spend as
much time down there as I can get away with and our plan is to move there ASAP.
Whenever I'm sitting in a bar somewhere in the world, swapping tales of what it
was like in the old days, I talk about the West Coast/Airwest/Hughes Airwest
days because it brings a warmth to my heart and a smile to my face. After
those days it was just a job.
Attached is a photo of Donna and I taken Sept. 2009 on the isle of Rhodes,
Greece. I foresee a lot more trips like that.
There you have it. Tomorrow is today, finally, and the future lies
ahead. My best wishes to all of you in the future.
and I have been living in Florida for the past fourteen
years, enjoying retirement, though it was not an
easy transition for me. I worked at
two commuter airlines after leaving Hughes Airwest.
One of them was Command Airways in Poughkeepsie,
N.Y. A primary responsibility was to assist in what
was to be a transition to be an American Airlines
Commuter. This was accomplished. We
also worked in the cruise marketing business for
a short while with two former RW associates, Mike
Conroy and Dick Hankins, on two different projects.
At Vivian's urging, I returned to my interest
in music, which I had not pursued for about 35 years.
Although piano was not in my original training,
we became interested in digital pianos and organs.
I am assisting in training of beginners and
Vivian is doing the computer and administrative
work for the Director of Music. This is strictly
volunteer work. Most of our students are seniors
and the music is from the 1920's, 30's, 40's, and
50's. We are right at home!
9 years at RW were one of the highlights of our
working life. We often talk about the wonderful
experience we had when a part of RW, and continue
to appreciate the opportunity we were given to be
a part of such a fine airline. The loyalty
that remains among so many of you, is highlighted
by the interest in the annual reunions in San Francisco
and Phoenix, and the many, many friendships that
In early 1975 I was hired as a Flight Attendant. Since there was another Kathy in my class and
also a Mary (my first name that I never used) I went by Mary K. One of my roommates soon shortened it to MK
which stuck with me the rest of my career.
Most of my class was sent to Las Vegas where I roomed with Genevieve
(Beaver) Young, Regina Fochetti and Chis Coffee. (Where are you all now?)
I'm Bob Stevens, now in Salt Lake City, UT and was just "surfing" for someone who's name popped into my head so I did a search and it led here. Nice surprise. I was hired by Pacific in '63 in San Jose, CA, then went to SFO for a little over a year then to Sacramento as Asst. Mgr. with Nickie Nick. Then to PDX as Asst. Mgr for over 5 years.
Back to San Francisco working in Eric Wilson's office for several months while a landing spot was searched for. I have such warm memories of the kind, wise and thoughtful guidance I got from Eric, John Malloy and Kip Wharton during this time period. Wound up in LAX as Customer Service Manager, then to Salt Lake City. I think working with Blaine Barney (he must be retired by NOW) was a treat. Very good guy and I got to stretch my experiential wings by facilitating coordinating the airport expansion as it related to us. Fun project, good experience. Then to Santa Ana//Orange County John Wayne Airport as Manager. I remember feeling daunted by trying to fill the shoes of Tom Chandler, such a great, well liked buy. All the while I was spiraling down into an addiction problem while everyone around me, locally and in the district, suffered the consequences.
The company intervened me beginning in about December 1982. They took my job and sent me to treatment which not just figuratively, but literally saved my life. I have such regrets for how I treated the local station employees in Santa Ana and at the corporate level. Violation of trust is such a dark offense. I've been a substance abuse counselor in Salt Lake City, working for a large hospital corporation for the last 23 years and just retired February 2009. Very happy with my life and circumstances now.
I have adult daughters in the Denver, CO area and 3 grand children there as well. I still do what's called PRN work for the hospital I retired from periodically, and the rest of the time I can be found in the Canyonlands area of southeastern Ut, mt. biking, camping in my VW Syncro Camper van, and just being out there. Some of my fondest life memories are centered during this 20 year airline experience. My heart felt thanks to you Tom, for creating this organ for communication and catching up. I've reached out to a few old friends that have posted bio's here and have started reconnecting with a few. I'd love to hear from anyone who would like to make contact. I'll be heading to AK next June '10 for a 4 month Camper van trip through there and Canada. I've got family in Anchorage. Taking the ferry from Bellingham, then the AlCan return and plan on stopping to see some old cronies in SEA in about late August, early September '10.
Colleen Newport Stevens
|I started with Hughes in '73 as a flight attendant
(Gustaferro during some of my flying yrs !) and finally quit in '88. Had a wonderful time some of my best memories are those
fun Hughes years !! I have enjoyed a wonderful life as an artist in
Memphis,TN. (would still rather be out west somewhere!) with Ronnie Stevens
captain and ex-Hughes employee and our two children- Laura (now going to school
in Boulder) and Mike. I used to take my paints with me on my overnights
but now have the luxury of my own studio and have exhibited around the world and
have been included in numerous magazines and books. If you would like to visit
my website it is www.newportpaintings.com
Life has been great, (other than a 9 yr deal with
cancer..but we won't go there just a minor set-back) would love to hear from anyone out there...LIFE IS
I worked for Hughes Airwest from 1978 to 1984 in the
Personnel/Medical departments, I then went to word processing and then
reservations before taking furlough. My
maiden name is Cuthbert.
Suzanne (Mangin) Stewart
I was hired in June 79 at the tail end of
HAW as a FA. During training our class was flown
from SJC to SEA for hands-on training for the
727. That is when I met my husband of 20 years.
Also a FA for Hughes (Craig Stewart-SFO based
at the time). Five years later we reunited and
were married in New Zealand a year later. Two
kids (Sara-16/Ian-14), five moves, 5 bases and
now we have settled in South Orange County CA.
We are both based in LA and fly just about
everything. We travel quite a bit. Once a year
just for Craig and I and then one big trip with
the kids. We have given them quite an education
by taking them all over the world.
With Hughes I was based in PHX,DEN AND LAS.
Republic-DTW,MSP,MEM and finally with NWA we
were able to get back to the west coast. Ann
Arbor, Michigan was the only fond memory I have
when I was kicked out of Vegas in the 80's and
of course the birth of my children. I love being
back in California and flying out of LAX is
always like a HAW reunion. We have several former
HAW FA's that continue the commute to Vegas
and PHX. Every Fall for the last 10 years my
class-June 1979 (retired and current) have had
a reunion in San Francisco and San Diego. Doris
Buske (SFO), Pamela Lopez-Lewis (SFO), Lisa
(Ellis) Munns (SFO), Maureen (Murphy) Dinallo
(Ret.), Mary Jean (Engle) Wiese (Ret.), Debbie
(Kollatz) Gallentine (Ret.) and Laurie Rybaczyk
(Ret.) Thank you for creating this web site.
I was hired by Bonanza Air Lines on 11Mar68 in PHX and was sent to YUM a week
later. I was in YUM from Mar'68 thru Aug'73. I was there for the
3-way merger and the ensuing chaos and came on duty the morning
the airport burned down (06Aug'68). I was part of the Great YUM Auto Wreck when Al Leonard,
Charlie Falco, Warren (WC) Cady, and I hit an Army pickup truck
on our way to San Luis, Mx. The YUM airport was rebuilt
while the station worked out of the burned out building. In 1973 I transferred to LAS and stayed there until my
retirement on 13Jan06. When I got there, LAS was working out of
trailers and I watched as the airport was built and rebuilt around
me. The Republic days are best forgotten. I was laid off about a week after Northwest Airlines took
over and went to work for PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines) and was with
them for their merger into USAir. By then, I didn't bother to
listen to the "dog and pony show" as I'd already
heard it. I finally quit USAir and went to work for Northwest and
stayed until my retirement. I'm now working for an auto salvage company in Henderson,
Nv. to keep busy during my airline years, I've been married and divorced
twice (I gave up) and am living alone with a grown daughter a
couple miles away. had one Heluva good time in the airlines and met the best group of people there can be. We hung together during chaos,
crashes, and tough financial times to work Hughes Airwest the best
we knew how and we did pretty good. Oh, yeah. And I was the one who helped put A320 #3205 in
the ditch in LAS a few years ago and it's now named the "Struss
I joined Bonanza Airlines in late 1967 in the
Revenue Accounting Dept. in Phoenix, AZ. I celebrated my 21st birthday aboard a
Bonanza flight to Las Vegas. Moved to San Mateo, CA in 1968 and worked in
the Crocker Bank Bldg. Revenue Accounting as Bonanza became Air West, then
Hughes Air West. Moved to the "Hill" in San Mateo near the
college and became Republic Airlines. I worked under Mike Wilson, Alan Erickson
and Jay Kramer. Married Bruce Stull in 1975, and sadly left the
airline in 1982 as the merger with Northwest was relocating us to Minneapolis.
(A stretch too far for us.) I worked for the Flamingo Hilton in Nevada
before we moved to Prescott, AZ in 1991. We live in a quaint little mountain home my dad built in
1958. Bruce and I have been married for 32 years. We
are parents and grandparents. I have worked the past 8 years part time at the
Historic Hotel St. Michael in downtown Prescott, AZ as the swing front
desk. Thanks for many cherished memories...Hughes Air
BOB SUGG (PILOT) & KATHY VEGHER ( FLT ATT) MY WIFE
OF 20 YEARS , BOTH HIRED AT HUGHES IN 78 & 77 RESPECTFULLY. WE'RE STILL
FLYING AT NWA
FORMERLY DEANNA DEAUVILLE----- ACTUALLY STARTED WITH
PACIFIC IN 59-----BASED IN SFO----STILL FLYING-- HOWEVER ON A LEAVE (CO.OFFERED
) FOR A WHILE----BASED IN SFO
Deni Gruenfeld Sutherland
Deni Evans then, Deni Sutherland now. Started with
RW in 1976...the airline was growing so fast that our f/a training class got
minimum training before we were pushed into action out of Las Vegas over the
Christmas holidays!! Based in LAS, DEN and then SEA. Retired in 1988 just as
the RW retirement plan was demolished. Live on Mercer Island, WA with my husband and 11
year old son. Started an executive search firm in Bellevue that specializes in
the medical device industry...lots of work but very rewarding. Will hope to hear from some "old" friends. Thanks
for the web site. What a great piece of nostalgia!!
started with Bonanza in LAS in 1962 and then went
to work for Pacific in 1966... after all the mergers
I finally retired in 1998. I married Henry Balsiger
and we and live at 255 Bates Rd White Salmon Wash...
Hi to all
I was hired in 1971 and worked at the headquarters in San Mateo for almost 9 years! Those were the good ‘ol days of travel and fun and sometimes crazy work environment. I was 23 years old and single when I was hired; what fun! We certainly did not know how great we had it for sure! I started out in Data Processing and quickly moved to Accounting. From Accounting on to Consumer Affairs and then on to the Flight Attendant Training Department. I have 2 amazing life-long friends from my airline days: Noel Castagnola (now Carlson) whom I met when she was still in Reservations and Natalie Loader, a Flight Attendant taken off-line to teach in Flight Attendant Training. What fun and great memories for sure.
I love this Hughes Airwest website! I was a F/A based in LAS from 1973 to 1982. I was in the March 1973 F/A class. I still live in Las Vegas. I have two grown children, Erin (31) and Eric (26). I retired in '82 from Republic Airlines, divorced in '85, and raised my two children as a single mother. Those 9 yrs of flying were some of the best years of my life. I sure do miss it! I've been in the design field for several years and have another part time business I've had for the past 20 yrs. I can be reached at email@example.com and 702-233-6151.
I worked for the company from January 1952 until I retired in 1984, I wrked
in Seattle both at BFI and SEA a total of 15 years. I was manager at RDM for
a year, at TIW for about 1 year and Manager at LMT for 14 years. I was very
happy to see this information about Hughes Airwest. It was West Coast
Airlines when I started with the company and so was part of its growth
until it was purchased by Northwest. It was enjoyable working with such
great bunch of people and I have many pleasant memories.
|45-995 Wailele Rd. #58
Kaneohe, Hi. 96744
I'm Ron Thompson, pilot, hired at Hughes Airwest July 14,
1978. I flew the F-27 out of PHX, then went to Saudi Arabia for 6 months. Also
flew B-727 in PHX before being bumped to MSP after the merger. My employee number is 106916. I currently live in Hawaii
flying 747 FO.
|I was in the last class hired by West Coast. Some of the best memories are the
times with Hughes Airwest. I worked with and met many wonderful people. What a
way to make a living. I retired in July of 2000. The picture of me wearing the
Hughes Airwest hat, was climbing out of Kalispell, Montana June 29th flying a
former Hughes Airwest aircraft. I submitted the photo for the retirement page in
the Northwest Airlines Ops magazine, I didn't think it would be printed but it
was. Loved that. All I can say is, " What a ride".
I began my airline career in September 1968,
worked in the Reservation Center, until the Republic Acquisition. Did time in
MSP, and SEA, and finally to SFO where I worked the Ticket Counter. Was offered
the early out, which I took. Then was offered a job in Sales, which was short
lived. Was hired by Eastern Airlines for 3 yrs, then finally to Alaska Airlines
where I retired last June 2003, where I worked for over 15 years. There I
worked the ticket counter, Board Room Concierge, and finally as Coordinator of
Boardroom Operations, which I loved. But due to my husband (Pat's) job with
Bechtel, and not many jobs left in SF, we choose to transfer) to AZ. (2002) and
now live in a wonderful community in Scottsdale, called Grayhawk We still have
our house in San Mateo, and it's where I should be today, as it's 110. Many OLD
friends are in AZ. and it's been fun just reminiscing. We all have the same
problem with names, and remembering which I suppose comes with the territory,
need I say more? It's nice to see the website, a job well
started with Hughes Airwest in April of 1970.
I was in the first class hired when the third
F/A was put on the DC-9 so I went right into
being a line holder and rarely had to fly the
F-27. Lucky me. I spent my first 11 months in
Las Vegas and then transfered to Phoenix where
I spent the next 14-1/2 years until the based
was closed. Not wanting to commute I moved to
Memphis and lived there for 7 years until SFO
was re-opened in 1992. I currently live in my
hometown of Fresno and make the easy commute
to SFO. I decided to move where I would eventually
retire although I won't be that age for a long,
I joined WCA in RBG 09/01/1952, later becoming manager. When we were awarded SFO, I bid there and got it. July 1959 a small group of us opened the station. My memory is not what it used to be, but here are some of the crew... Duke Briscoe Manager, Glenn Tigner and John Lesser, Senior Agents, Agents were John Chan,Jim Clough, Dennis Wyatt,& Don Gray. Ticket Counter was Carol Ewan and Margaret Phillips. Fred Moller, George Grindahl, & Ray Canyon were in Maintenance. There were more, of course, and hopefully will come to me later. All the above were also there for Hughes Airwest. In 1984 I was made an offer I couldn't refuse so retired after 32 years.