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2017 friendship between daughter Ellen and Gaye Lyn engendered by 1945 Veterans Air pilot Jack Stettner

Our Dads would have loved the role they played in friendships that have developed between their “kids.” Just three weeks ago today, Ellen Stettner and I met for a second time and had dinner. Like sisters, we talked and talked. So lovely. Her dad, Veterans Air pilot Jack Stettner, helped my Dad found the airline.

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Face to face 2017 visit with 1945, 1st generation Veterans Air Express Marilyn Gries

Marilyn Gries and I spent the better part of two days together in July. What a giggle. What a treat. Besides Veterans Air Express, we share many things in common. Come read about this spunky, gracious woman and our special connection.

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John Noll Veterans Air Aviator

John Noll with arms fully extended up, up, up in a joyous motion stands besides in project-in-progress.

John Noll Veterans Air Aviator … still a man of adventure all those years later! When John Noll Veterans Air aviator and co-founder turned 70, he was living in Cherry Hill, NJ. Buffy, his daughter, and her family were in Virginia. A major air show was scheduled

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Michael Frome Veterans Air Navigator and Pop

One thing to read about a man you never met. Another thing to hear first-hand stories about him from his son. I spent precious time this week in Texas with Will Frome, son of Michael Frome who navigated the Veterans Air DC-4’s to Prague and Warsaw in 1946. Very special. Come meet Will.

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Fabulous meaningful delightful first stop on Veterans Air family trip

Join our dinner party in Texas hosted by John Noll’s daughter, Buffy, and her husband, Jack. Another guest is Will Frome, son of Michael Frome. My good fortune found this daughter and son of two Veteran Air essential crew members, a pilot/founder and a navigator/journalist, living within miles of each other.

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Veterans Air Express family visit – day one

Buffy Noll hosts Will Frome and Gaye Lyn Gravely at first meeting of Veterans Air Express family visit.

Pretty amazing. 2nd generation of what I call the Veterans Air Express family…meeting for the first time in a Dallas suburb as part of my cross-country RV trek for face-to-face visits. Follow my adventure…

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Researching again for 1945 Veterans Air crews or current day families

RV trimmed in deep purple and charcoal grey ready to head down the road.

Research begins again for the1945 Veterans Air crews and non-flight personnel who helped Saunie Gravely, my Dad, establish the air line. While still in pursuit of undiscovered families, my current adventure takes me across the country to meet a few of the families I’ve located since April 2015. Come read about my new venture and meet Gracie, my magic “carpet.”

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Veterans Air Express research precarious

Red-colored park bench with plaque celebrating Michael Frome's 90th birthday.

You know what? This is tough business, emotionally precarious – doing Veterans Air Express research. It’s full of adventure. But it’s also inextricably tied to passing of time and loosing “loves” that I find in the men who joined my Dad’s dream. They built an air line in 1945 that rattled the big boys – Pan Am, TWA, American. These were brave guys, full of bravado and determination. Like Michael Frome. Come read about him again, or for the first time.

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Thomas Cowart dies December 20, 2016. Veterans Air Express Flight Engineer

Thomas Cowart, our Veterans Air DC-4 Flight Engineer, died on December 20, 2016. He crewed during the 1946 United Nations post-war relief flights to Prague, Warsaw and Athens. Thomas and I shared many hours, many stories and much laughter in person and over the phone. Today I share the immediacy of my emotions at his passing.

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Veterans Air Jack Stettner died at 93. Co-founder, pilot, ops-manager in 1945.

It is with profound sadness that I write of the passing of Jack Stettner. This man of adventure helped my Dad found the airline in 1945….as co-founder, investor, pilot, and ops-manager And 70 years later welcomed me with open arms into his home. So did his wonderful family. It was my deep honor to know him. God speed, Jack.

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Then & There…

A RECOMMENDED READ and irreplaceable for me: "Memories of the Jing Bao & Beyond," Authors Choice Press, 2001. Written by our own JACK Z. STETTNER - Veterans Air Express Co-Founder, Investor, Pilot and Operations Manager. As well as his considerable WWII experiences, Jack's book revealed new details about Veterans Air Express...plus the spirit and character of this organization that Jack obviously loved!