MOHAWK IMAGES
A website that features images of Mohawk & Robinson Airlines


I grew up in Mohawk Airlines territory ... upstate New York.  My first ride in a commercial airline plane was in a Mohawk Airlines DC3 out of Watertown, NY for NYC so that I could catch my flight to my overseas USAF base.  When Paul Quackenbush took over the FBO at UCA, I was his Flight School Director and Chief Flight Instructor.  He used our twin-engine trainer to jump-start his Empire Airlines into existence.  As Empire Airlines grew, it needed space larger than the FBO, so it took over the hangar and offices that had housed Mohawk Airlines. 

One day, before Empire moved into the new facilities, I had occasion to visit the man who was in charge of getting rid of all the “junk” that Mohawk had left behind.  He was assembling piles of boxes full of this “junk” to take to the dump.  I quickly borrowed a pickup truck and volunteered to help cart all that junk away.  That’s how I became a collector of Mohawk Airlines memorabilia. 

My fascination for Mohawk fed my desire to put up a web page full of Mohawk Airlines images.  I had already put up a web page showing Mohawk airplanes on postcards.  But that was insufficient ... I wanted to be able to show great close-ups of Mohawk aircraft, but had no supply of such photographs.  I chanced upon a couple of great Internet sites that showed some of these shots, Airliners.net and Jetphotos.net.  These were full of wonderful, full-size images of every sort of airline, military, and civil airplanes. 

If only I could use some of the Mohawk Airlines photos that were on those sites, it would be fantastic!  But all the photos were copyrighted, and these internationally-known photographers wouldn’t be interested in letting me use their photographs ... I thought.  But just to make sure, I emailed every one of the photographers I could find who had Mohawk pictures and asked if I could use them on my website.  Shortly thereafter I got a flood of replies saying okay.  Their photographs are hereby presented on this website with my sincere thanks. 

Please know that these photographs are copyrighted.  So if you dream up a use for any of them, you’ll need to get the approval of the photograph owner.  You can go to the applicable website, look up the photographer, and email him concerning your desired use of his photograph.  I’ll do my best to provide info as to whether or not a given photograph is copyrighted.   As I prefer to show comparatively large images, it would be impossible to display them all on one page without links.  So I will put up a brief description, and link it to the photograph. Just use your "back page" icon to leave the photograph and move on to the next one.   We’ll start out with a few photographs taken by Bob Garrard, who was the first photographer to answer my emails.

The Bob Garrard Page
The Alain Delmonty Page
The Bill Armstrong Page
The Bob Polaneczky Page
The Dale Redekopp Page
The Gary Vincent Page
The Geoff King Page
The George Hamlin Page
The Ger Buskemolen Page
The Jacky MIR Page 
The Jean-Pierre Bonin Page
The Jerry Lanney Page
The John Ciesla Page
The John Heggblom Page
The Ralph Pettersen Page
The Steve Williams Page
The Tom Kirn Page

More "Photographer" images are yet to come
meanwhile let's look at some other Mohawk Images



By way of electronic media, I have met a man named Russ Glindmyer.  Russ used to work for Mohawk Airlines.  During and after that time, he collected photos and clippings, not only of Mohawk Airlines, but of Robinson, Allegheny, Piedmont, and USAir, possibly others.  He has composed an "electronic  scrapbook" of this material.  It was through that scrapbook that I came to know of him.  He has kindly offered to allow me to use images from that scrapbook.  I'll be using some of the images from Robinson Airlines and Mohawk airlines.  Here's a photo from the BAC111 era of Mohawk that has Russ in it:

Mohawk's Fishing Contest

Of course, that was a lot of years ago.  Russ now belongs to a group of people who once worked for Mohawk.  They meet periodically to trade stories and remember the good old days of Mohawk.  I think the group calls itself "The Hawkers."  Here's a picture of the Hawkers.  See if you can identify Russ without looking at the caption:

The Hawkers

While some of the images I'll present from Russ's scrapbook are identified, like the previous two, many are not.  Perhaps you, the viewer, can help us identify some of the places or people we'll illustrate.  I'll try to avoid the post-Mohawk era and stick to both Mohawk and Robinson Airlines images.

Robinson Aviation in Ithaca, 1945

Robinson Airlines Inaugural Flight 1948   Feedback #2

Robinson Airlines Inaugural Flight Another View

Robinson Crew with Bob Peach (on the right)

C.S. Robinson Overseeing Airmail Loading  

Robinson Stewardess Helen Thomas, 1948

August 9, 1951 in Ithaca, NY

Bob Welch and Mike Senio

Part of the team at Ithaca

The fleet and the hangar

The office and the hangar

The Beech 18 at Tri-Cities

Getting ready to go

Can this be ready by 6 AM?

Checking the engine

We keep it running

Who's talking to the crew?   Feedback #3

Can you identify these?   Feedback #4

Robinson comes to Oneida Co. Airport

Robinson Airlines Last Day



Fueling Mohawk's DC3

The Boston Proving Flight

Cleared to Taxi

Standing Ready

We fix 'em, you fly 'em

Waiting for the Crew

A DC3 at Ithaca

Early Morning in Ithaca

Into the Wind

The Pilot's Family?

Have a Good Flight

On the Way Out of Town



The "Gaslight" Era comes to Mohawk

Here's a better view of the Gaslighter

And a larger view of the second one

The Gaslight Era began in September of  1960,
Here's the schedule as of Oct.'60

A PhotoOp with dignitaries began the era

A close-up from the same PhotoOp

Here's a view of the interior of the Gaslighter

Naturally, there was advertising for the service

Here's another view of the airplane

And still another view

With time, the Stew's uniform became more abbreviated

More advertising

A final color view of the Gaslighter

The Gaslight era was over!   Feedback #5

Looking back



The Convair Years

Rather than make individual descriptions of
the 40 images, we have arrayed them in number form:


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CV32
CV33
CV34
CV35
CV36
CV37
CV38
CV39
CV40

In this Convair group, CV7,24,29, and 30, are Martin 404's.
(Thanks, Russ)



The Fairchild Hiller 227s

FH227a
FH227b
FH227c
FH227d
FH227e
FH227f
FH227g
FH227h
FH227i
FH227j




The BAC111s

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BAC2
BAC3
BAC4
BAC5
BAC6
BAC7
BAC8
BAC9
BAC10
BAC11
BAC12
BAC13
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BAC15
BAC16
BAC17
BAC18
BAC19
BAC20
BAC21
BAC22
BAC23
BAC24
BAC25
BAC26
BAC27
BAC28
BAC29
BAC30
BAC31
BAC32
BAC33
BAC34


Feedback #7 on BAC29-32


The People and Places

First of all, I'd like to thank Russ Glindmyer for his generous permission to use images from his collection on this site.  And not only Russ, but all those people who have contributed to his collection.  Without  those who are willing to share images, this site would not be possible.  Many of these pictures were taken over half a century ago.  Very few were taken by professional photographers.  Some of the photos were so faded and out-of-focus, I hesitated to use them.  But, without them the pictorial record of Robinson and Mohawk Airlines would not be as complete as, together, we can make it.  Many of the pictures you will see in this section are not identified.  They may be from the old days of Robinson Airlines, or some may be from Allegheny Airlines well after it obtained Mohawk.  Indeed, I have purposely included some of the Allegheny images because they are almost sure to include those people that had been a part of Mohawk.  I hope you enjoy this section of "People and Places."

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Recent Arrivals

Here's a scene in a Robinson Airlines Hangar in Ithaca at about the time they first used DC3s.  The  Robinson Captain is unidentified.  The man on the right is Ken Atwell, who later became Superintendent  of O/H. 

Here's a recent photograph of Ken Atwell.  Appearing with him is Lou Falkman, who assisted Russ in making his CD of airline images.  We have received word that Ken Atwell died January 26, 2008, at the age of 89.  He had served Robinson, Mohawk, Allegheny, and USAir for some 33 years.

A Robinson Airlines Beech 18 over Cornell University

A close-up of the Robinson Airlines Beech 18

A Robinson Airlines DC3 at the Tri-Cities Airport



A Robinson Airlines DC3 Crash

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RC3
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RC7
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RC14



More Robinson Inaugural Flight Pictures

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RA2
RA3
RA4
RA5



Mohawk Airlines' Sikorsky

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More Recent Arrivals

Russ has been hard at work finding us some really great  pictures.  I had told him that I couldn't find a decent picture of the airplane I call "The Bamboo Bomber."  It's an early Cessna twin-engine airplane.  Robinson Airlines used one in their early operations.  Here's a picture of Robinson's fleet, including a very nice picture of the Cessna, which is the closest  "twin" to the camera.

A wonderful lady who discovered this website, emailed, and asked if we might have a picture of her father, Charlie Wilson.  He was one of the few black mechanics that had worked for  Robinson/Mohawk.  I found pictures of 3 different black mechanics among those that Russ had originally provided.  One of them was her dad!  Subsequently, Russ has found another picture with Charlie in it.  Here it is!

It's a rare occurence to find a picture of a Robinson DC3 at Syracuse, but  here's one!

In a continuing search for Robinson/Mohawk Airlines images, I have discovered a picture of  a group
of Robinson/Mohawk employees in Ithaca who founded the EHFC flying club at the Ithaca Airport.
Here's the picture of the Robinson/Mohawk employees.





Gary Schenauer is a Mohawk Airlines enthusiast, who as a 13 or 14-year-old, back in the early 1960s, had the occasion to take his 8mm movie camera to the Buffalo Airport and try to shoot some snippets of  Mohawk airplanes of the ramp.  He writes, “ I recently discovered some very old 8mm films in a long-buried cardboard box.  Not having a projector, I couldn't watch them, but noticing that there was a yellow slip of paper that read "Buffalo Airport" with the films, I took them in and had them transferred to DVD. The first reel has been returned.  I had already suspected it would be almost unviewable, and for the most part, it is.  I knew nothing about taking movies when I was 13 and 14 (1963 -64), so the results even back then had been pretty poor.  The quality didn't improve after laying around for 40+ years.  But, in among the faded and scratch-filled segments, there are a few short segments that are still clear enough to make them worth watching.  And, amazingly, those few segments feature ...   a Mohawk BAC-111 ("New York"), a Mohawk stewardess smiling and waving to the teenaged boy with the movie camera, and a Mohawk Convair taxiing to the gate.”  Here’s a video of Gary’s movie segments from 40+ years ago.   For some "stills" that Gary took as a teenager, just click on this link, "Gary Schenauer."



According to the Robinson/Mohawk Airlines Seniority List, Steve Gondek was Number 4, employed by Robinson Airlines even before they made their inaugural flight.  We were fortunate enough recently to hear from Steve Gondek's daughter, Paula Byrd, who told us about a Mohawk Ad with her father's picture in it.  She was kind enough to send us that and several other images.


My apologies for an extended absence from updating this website.  Various illnesses slowed me down, but God, in His great mercy, has healed me of each of them, and if it's His will, I will continue to work on updating this website.


Peter Brohl is a gentleman that sent me some Mohawk images some time ago.  Now it's my pleasure to present the Peter Brohl page!


Ken Albertson has supplied us with an interesting photograph of his grandfather, who was a Mohawk pilot, and related the story about how he died while on duty.  Here's Ken Albertson's page!


Carole Weigel had a sister, Judith Cierek, who worked as a "Stewardess" for Mohawk Airlines.  Here's Carole's page!


Charles Falkenmayer's father, of the same name, was a Captain for Mohawk Airlines.  Here's Charles' page!


Mike Haywood sent us some Mohawk images from his slide collection.  Wow!   Here's Mike's page!


Paal Moen is a friend of mine from back in the early days of Empire Airlines.  He sent an image of Mohawk's last flight to me.  Here's Paal's page!


Thor Foss has been sending us some interesting snapshots.  They were informal photographs taken of people who worked for Mohawk many years ago.  It's now my pleasure to present the Thor Foss page!


Rich Keller sent us a beautiful photo of Mohawk mechanics in Utica.  Here's Rich Keller's page!


While recently visiting Dave Hinman's home, he showed me many pictures that he had uploaded onto the Internet.  When I mentioned this Mohawk Images page, he showed me a picture with him as a boy about to enter a Mohawk Airlines plane at UCA.  Here's Dave Hinman's page!


Of course Dave Hinman's wife, Jan Hinman, was the original reason I called on them because Jan, who had been a Mohawk Flight Attendant, had some pictures and articles for me to scan.  Here's Jan Hinman's page:


After Jan's page appeared a friend who had worked with her, Barbara Ensign, saw the page and sent some photos and newspaper clippings of her own.  Here's Barbara Ensign's page!


Ellen Williams has discovered our Mohawk page and has kindly submitted some photos. Here's Ellen's page!



I'm still looking for nice, clear images of Robinson or
Mohawk Airlines planes, personnel, or snapshots that
you may have.  Email me if you have something
you think  would be appropriate.


Email Larry Myers