Asgar Stegbauer's Photos

Asgar was Station Manager - Stuttgart

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JFK International Airport

as_jfk431t  Unusual, slightly blurry view of Seaboard cargo area from airplane landing on runway 13L  

as_jfk422t  The ramp at JFK showed evidence of years of aircraft maintenance and cargo loading.

 When you got home, it was advisable to takes your shoes off as soon as you got inside the door.  


as_str237t  The old and the new

 On the left is a Junkers JU 52, a type that first flew in 1930.
 In the background is a Seaboard DC-8-63CF.

as_str235t  N7321S, one of Seaboard's two Boeing 707's. They are rarely seen in photos.

Off-Route Operations

From the beginning, Seaboard operated many flights off-route, away from the company's infrastructure. The destinations were often third-world cities in Asia and Africa. Off-route operations often required ingenuity and resourcefulness on the part of Seaboard flight and ground personnel alike,

as_efs402t  such as cattle wrangling in Bahrain,  

as_efs406t  using whatever equipment was available to load cargo, in this case an 18,000 lb turntable for
 an oil-drilling platform at Stavanger, Norway,  

as_efs415t  and perform engine changes, in this case over Christmas in Lusaka, Zambia.  

as_efs412t  Everyone had to be prepared for all weather conditions.

 Karl Lupus from FRA is on the left.  

Coffee Lift

In 1977, Seaboard operated a series of flights carrying coffee from Entebbe, Uganda to Djibouti, a port city in what was then the French Territory of Afars and Issas on the Gulf Aden. Because Uganda was ruled by the dictator Idi Amin, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Uganda as a place that "poses significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens." Flights to such places could only be flown by volunteers. Seaboard tried to ignore that requirement but was overruled in court.  

as_ebb395t  A Seaboard DC-8-63CF on the ramp at Entebbe with Lake Victoria in the background. The beautiful
 scenery gave no indication of the horrors being inflicted on the population by Idi Amin.  

as_ebb386t  Bags of coffee beans being loaded onto pallets.  

as_ebb396t  The hot weather often resulted in a relaxed uniform code.
 While Capt. Bob Henry, on the right in the white shirt, preferred the standard summer uniform,
 Nick Tramontano, to the left of Bob, went for a more casual look and
 Gene Pagley, third from the left, opted for maximum ventilation.  

as_ebb399t  F/E Fred Thorp with maintenance man John Rosseni from Milan  

as_ebb391t  At least fresh produce was readily available.  

The Last Hurrah

as_420t  In Sept. 1980, after the merger with Flying Tigers had been announced, a group of operations employees
 took a vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They are seen here on the excursion boat Paddlewheel Queen.

 Names under the photo

Additional photos by Asgar Stegbauer in the Seaboard History Section

(Currently all five color photos on that page)