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Sunday, 19 June 2016

An odd twist - does anyone know ?

Some weeks ago I was alerted by Duane Crawford of the re-discovery, after 54 years, of two items of jewelry that had been sitting in a home in Centerville Iowa since just after the crash of Flight 11. It seems these pieces ,a Boeing 707 brooch and a panther brooch both in gold, we're discovered in a field a few days after Flight 11 went down. The assumption has been that they were from the aircraft. It seems they were taken to a private residence and have only resurfaced over five decades later. If anyone has any information it would be greatly appreciated as the family of the owner would appreciate having them back.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

54th anniversary wreath. May 22nd, 2016

Photos supplied by Duane Crawford

Memorial wreath to mark 54th anniversary in Unionville

Sandy and Duane Crawford were kind enough to arrange a wreath to be displayed at the memorial stone site in the centre of Unionville to mark the 54th anniversary on May 22. Such a kind and beautiful gesture to honour those passengers and crew whose lives were horribly cut short on May 22 1962.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Missouri aviation historical society

The Missouri aviation historical society was good enough to place a message about the 54th anniversary of Continental Airlines Flight 11 on their Facebook page. The society seeks to preserve the role aviation has played in Missouri since the dawn of powered flight.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

54th anniversary

This May 22nd marks the 54th anniversary of Continental Airlines Flight 11 and it's tragic end in a Missouri field just north west of Unionville, MO.

This blog continues to honor the memory of those innocent souls aboard the Boeing 707 and their lives which were tragically and ruthlessly cut short

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

March in Unionville.

I was heartened to read of the visit of the daughter of Freddie Gray,Captain of Flight 11 in March. Fredianne Gray and I have corresponded in the past and she finally made the trip to Unionville on March 21st. She visited the museum and crash site. Naturally it sounds as if she was given the usual VVIP treatment from the folks there. I am glad she got to see the area. She is a very special lady and sadly never knew her father before he set off on Flight 11. My continued gratitude to Duane Crawford for continuing to be the "go-to" contact in Unionville. As the years go by I'm certain more people will trickle on through to see where there loved ones perished all those years ago.

Friday, 22 May 2015

53rd anniversary

This May 22nd marks the 53rd anniversary of the downing of Continental Airlines Flight 11.


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Tis the Season!

It is that time of year again when one reflects on what has passed, particularly after the hype of Christmas has died off a little and we are faced with the prospect of ringing in a new year.

It is hard to believe that over two and a half years ago I flew to Unionville, Missouri to see the crash site of Flight 11 first-hand and also to meet people like Duane Crawford and Ronnie Cook face to face. Where has that time gone!?

Since then I have journeyed back to the USA every year as more information has come to light about Flight 11. I have met more people, connected more families and "joined the dots" in a lot of different ways. And of course all this from a blog started WAY back in 2007.

This year I had the pleasure of meeting with Kathryn Hamilton of the Hamilton family whose father was board the ill-fated flight in 1962. While over in the United States and in fact walking around Hollywood in California I answered my mobile phone on a beautiful hot day to find my future employer eagerly on the phone offering me a job at the national carrier of New Zealand.

I accepted and signed the papers when I returned to Auckland in late June. I have not looked back since then and working in aviation is an absolute delight; like the icing on the cake, especially for someone so involved with aviation as I was in a personal manner.

With all that aside I wish all the Flight 11 "family" a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Former Continental Staff circa 1950s/1960s

It has come to my attention over the years of my experiences with Flight 11 that a number of former Continental employees have reunited via this blog and the events surrounding Flight 11 memorial services over the last few years.

Not only this but it has also brought about a number of ex crew (who in some cases were colleagues of the victims of Flight 11) to enquire as to where they may be able to go to post old stories and memories in an open-style "forum."

I have thought about the feasibility of starting an ancillary blog for these former employees of the day to come forward and share any stories they have, Flight 11 related or not.

If anyone is interested in this or knows anyone with a similar site do let me know as it is something I may start merely as an open-post "wall" if you will for people to put their memories out there.

In keeping with the Flight 11 theme however I would keep it strictly from that era... any thoughts or directions from anyone would be greatly appreciated in this matter. I know many of you have often asked "I wonder whatever happened to so and so...". I'm sure we could unravel a few more mysteries of the day


Sunday, 1 June 2014

The Continental Eagle Staff Magazine - Captain Fred Gray - December, 1950

I received a Continental Airlines internal company publication detailing the end of year activities of Continental Airlines. It is dated December 1950.

The pages contain a fascinating snapshot into life at Continental when it was still a "growing-up" airline. The close-knit Continental "family" appear on the pages at various social events the airline held for its employees. Technological and aviation advances are also mentioned along with the company's latest exploits.

Of particular note on one of the pages is a picture of none other than Captain Fred Gray who would pilot the ill-fated Flight 11 some twelve years later.

Here is the excerpt from the magazine below.

Magazine courtesy of Ms Jayne Specht.