FEEDBACK ON THE MOHAWK IMAGES
Feedback #1 - Tina Ciervo tells
us she recognizes the guy who is guiding the CV440 to its parking
spot. It's her husband Bob! She was a "Stew" then and may
well have been on the plane.
Feedback #2 - Rory Donnelly tells us he believes the pilot's name was Joe Lewis.
Feedback #3 - Someone said he
thought the passenger was Babe Ruth, however Vince Sbardella tells us
it's Max Baer, Sr, the boxer. The Wikipedia says Babe Ruth died
in August of 1948, a month before Robinson Airlines had its inaugural
flight. Thanks, Vince, for setting us straight.
Feedback #4 -Mohawk Airlines
made a gift of two radios to the "Mike & Key Club", an
amateur radio organization, to be put on their disaster bus for civil
defense related tasks. - Rory
Feedback #5 - Russ Glindmyer
writes: Some trivia on the "Gaslights", they were originally for men
only, served cigars, cheese, and Utica Club beer. The idea was popular
beyond the company's wildest dreams. The gals wanted to ride too, so
you'll notice one of the interior shots shows a "parlor" section that
was added later. This was not done out of political correctness, but
demand. How times have changed.
Feedback # 6 - A viewer identifies the woman in the dark suit. Here's his email message:
Watertown is an area my family knows well as the family (on the
distaff side) first landed there in Sackets Harbor in about 1830.
They built a small farmhouse in 1860 (which we still have).
The lady in the dark suit I can identify is none other than Dorothy
Hall Robinson (wife of C.S.R.). She became my stepmother (Dorothy
H. Sorrell) in 1955, marrying my father after my mother had passed away.
I remember the RobinTech products/office in the 1950s at Teterboro
Airport here in NJ (we live only about 15 min away), and the Mohawk
flights (landing in Watertown also). I also remember the reports
of the terrible accident in Sept 1950.
I worked as a college student several summers at (the spinoff) Robinson
Aerial Surveys under her brother's ownership. He is still
alive. The business is not.
My father (an attorney) was on the BOD of Mohawk for a number of years
(I don't really know how many). He was one of those people who
had an NRMR pass but would not use it, instead always paying his own
Somewhere I have tucked away a nice picture of Dorothy, I think in the
doorway of a Robinson DC3. She had her pilot's license and flew
some of the aircraft also. If and when I come across it I will be
happy to scan it and share it with you. When she passed away in
1995The Record of Hackensack carried a very nice and longer than usual
obit of her as a "99er" with many nice recollections from her
brother. Again, if and when I come across my copy, I can scan it
and share it with you if you are interested.
Clyde. W. Sorrell, Jr. "Tex"
Feedback #7 - Concerning the BAC111 that landed without an extended nosegear:
I flew with with Bill O'Shea a lot. When he retired he was the highest
time, longest serving BAC 1-11 pilot in the world. I found
it odd that in his whole career no Insurance company, flight training
facility, Federal Agency or company had ever solicited his opinion on
the care, feeding and flying of the "Rocket".
He told me of the nose gear up landing (note it is directly on the
centerline of the runway). The FAA humorously sent him a fake
letter of admonishment noting, that why they would let it pass this
time, he was, in fact 3" off from being directly in the middle of the
white line, and, if it happened again they expected a little more
accuracy.. (Humor used to allowed in aviation).
He told me that the aircraft suffered no damage, was jacked up, the
nose wheel extended the problem fixed and 11J was "good to go".
I considered the BAC 1-11 one of the greatest airplanes I ever flew
(though, in the end I greatly enjoyed the 757 almost as much)..
Thank you for the memories.