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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 way.

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.

Pete Snyder