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Saturday, 5 April 2014


The blog has passed the 30,000 view mark; extraordinary for something that, jut a few years ago, hadn't even been heard of on the internet.

Amazing what the internet can do! :-)

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Juliet November Charlie Book

My book of my aviation "memoirs" (if they can be called that at my age) has been completed. The title is "Juliet November Charlie". It details my involvements with Flight 11 and also has a number of other amusing tales from my time flying around New Zealand. I intend to send it to publisher's by the end of January. If any of the families connected with the Flight 11 tragedy would like a manuscript emailed to them please let me know @

Please note that I will not be emailing copies to members of the public  - family members only.  

Monday, 30 December 2013


Wishing all the "Flight 11 family" a happy New Year and here's to a prosperous 2014. Hope everyone had a great Christmas too.


My book that I have been writing since late 2012 is about to be sent to the publisher's in January 2014. As many of you know it details some of my aviation exploits over the years and of note is the Flight 11 chapter which details my involvement in Flight 11 and my recollections of the 2012 50th anniversary memorial service.

I will keep readers of this blog posted about the progress of this book.

Failing any interest from publishers I will self-publish in some form or assured.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Flight 11 book

I am currently in the process of writing a book about my aviation experiences around the globe and not surprisingly I want to feature Continental Flight 11 in it.

If any of the relatives have any photos or anything they'd like to share with me I'd be very grateful.

Additionally if anyone else has any other materials they think might be useful I'd love to hear about them.

Contact me at

Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Continental Airlines 1962 Timetable

I have sourced the cover (sadly the cover only!) of a Continental Airlines timetable from 1962. Here is the image of the cover as below.

I have also sourced a number of copies of scans of timetables from 1959, 1963 and 1965 from Continental. If people want to see these send me an email and I can email a copy of the images.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Flight 11 documentary

On Thursday September 26th, 2013, a documentary segment about Flight 11 will air at 9pm on the Travel Channel. It will feature in the "Mysteries at the Museum" programme. 

Boeing B-47 Stratojet out of Forbes AFB, Topeka, Kansas

As many people connected with Flight 11 are aware, a USAF Boeing B-47 Stratojet that was in the vicinity of Kirksville, MO, on the night of May 22nd, saw a bright flash in the to the north of the aircraft's position. It is generally accepted that the flash seen by the commander of this B-47 flight was the explosion of Flight 11.

The B-47 was an important aircraft in the USAF, particularly around the time of Flight 11s demise.

Does anyone who was in the USAF or who knows anyone who was in the USAF at the time, have any information on the specifics of the B-47 incident involving Flight 11?

As it was reported widely at the time and the sighting was included in the Flight 11 accident report it would be fair to assume that someone, somewhere, may recall being on that B-47 that night or know the people who were or maybe heard about it later at the Forbes Air Force Base. It would be interesting to see if anyone comes forward with any further information.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Pictures from Putnam County Museum taken by Sandy Crawford

Sandy Crawford took these photos down at the Putnam County Museum. I thought I'd put them up here as she does a better job than me with a camera (it's merely the fact I'm a technophobe and can't operate mine!)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Lake Thunderhead from 32,000 feet.

These pictures were taken from a commercial jet flying very near Lake Thunderhead. This lake was an addition to the landscape post Flight 11. This gives you a good layout of the accident area and you can also see in some of the shots the runway of Unionville Airport, MO.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

David E. Olssen's family visit Unionville

The family of David Olssen, Director of Passenger Services on Flight 11, visited Unionville on July 2.

They had a look around the Putnam County Museum and at the memorial. They were also lunch guests of Mr Duane Crawford at a cafe in Unionville.

David's widow Mary C. Olssen, daughter Trina M. Olssen and sister-in-law Margaret Selling and Robert Ibnonsalah made the deviation through Unionville on their way up to Michigan from Texas.

Mary is 91.

I'm very pleased they made it to Unionville.