John Joseph Noll

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 Joseph Noll

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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Fabulous meaningful delightful first stop on Veterans Air family trip

John Joseph Noll

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.
John Joseph Noll

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.
John Joseph Noll

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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1945 Veterans Air Express crew list grows from 22 to 62

John Joseph Noll

In April 2015, my list of men who flew, crewed and managed my Dad’s airline was 22. Today, it’s 62 and includes three women! I’ve added 12 families to my own family along the way, shedding tears of joy and amazement. And I am indescribably motivated to find other 90-somethings (aka Nonagenarians) to share with the three I’ve already met. Photos of a small cadre of the men and women I seek are captured in this story. Come see if you recognize any of them!!!???

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Veterans Air Express contract with UNRRA flown by Stettner, Jakeman, Noll, et al.

John Joseph Noll

An “experimental” DC-4. A high-energy group of hardworking ex-servicemen. A Veterans Air Express UNRRA contract for cargo flights behind the iron curtain. And Newark/Miami winter passenger flights. By mid-1946, the all-veterans organization was becoming recognized and starting to thrive.

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Stettner verifies Veterans Air Express 1945 history.

John Joseph Noll

My research project into Veterans Air Express 1945 history gets huge boost. My face-to-face meeting with 92-year old Jack Stettner, founding member & pilot, reveals great stories. And his Logbook contains my “missing” DC-3.

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Film Footage of Veterans Air Express

John Joseph Noll

Rare 1945 film footage of Veterans Air Express DC-3 & DC-4. Taken & narrated by one of the founding pilots, John Noll. Listen to his story of Veterans Air first aircraft and all-important contract with United Nations. See these grand aircraft. Watch christening of the DC-4 by Metropolitan Opera diva. Do you recognize her? We need her name.

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John Noll, Veterans Air, among core founders

John Joseph Noll

John J. Noll was a core founder of Veterans Air with six other WWII vets, including Saunie Gravely, my Dad. Today, for the first time, I “met” John’s daughter telephonically & we swapped tales about their 1945 upstart airline. Happy Veterans Day, Dads!

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WANTED: Veterans Air information or leads.

John Joseph Noll

We don’t know nearly enough about this person. If you can help, click on the DC-3 photo to message me.

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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!