Posts Tagged DC-3

Veterans Air DC-3 pilot John Schaus

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When a Reading Air Show announcer asked for a “volunteer” C-47 pilot to help crew a fly-by, of course, Veterans Air DC-3 pilot John Schaus didn’t hesitate! Don’t miss the punch line of his story!

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Veterans Air DC-3 ops documents deliver insight

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Veterans Air Express. Proper procedures, safety emphasis and insistence on professionalism. That’s an insight reinforced by DC-3 training ops documents. I know because DC-3 Chief Pilot Robert Chambers kept them and his son Bruce gave them to me!

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Meet Bruce Chambers, Bob’s son. I did on 25 May 2016.

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My research trip in May to New Jersey allowed me to personally meet Bruce Chambers, the second son of my Dad’s DC-3 Chief Pilot, Robert Chambers. Think about it…son and daughter of two adventurous aviators getting together 70 years after their Dad worked together. Come share my experience.

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Veterans Air Express Prague 1946

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My Dad’s 1945 airline won a war-relief contract with the UNRRA. His crews flew five DC-4 trips, each loaded with 5 tons of hatching eggs to Prague and Warsaw. Seventy years later, to commemorate the Veterans Air Express Prague flight in May 1946, I am going to Prague.

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Veterans Air Express Reunion a special celebration

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Veterans Air Express Reunion gave new meaning to “together again.” This first-ever gathering felt like old home week with Jack Stettner and his family in Florida recently. Come share our new photos & some 70-yr old history.

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Film Footage of Veterans Air Express

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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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Veterans Air DC-3 on ABCDlist

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My favorite photo of Dad and Veterans Air DC-3 the GAYE LYN just got posted on a very helpful website — ABCDlist.nl. It now sits among other DC-3s in a gallery frequented by DC-3 “loyalists” & crews. Hope to attract contact from those knowing Veterans Air Express.

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Veterans Air research project

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Veterans Air research seeks to tell its 1945 story You are here at the christening of my Veterans Air research project.  Perhaps not as exciting as when the first of my Dad’s company DC-3’s  was christened in 1945…and named the GAYE LYN.  But exciting to me. My

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Saunie Gravely. Meet my Dad!

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(5/26/15: Added more details to Post) Saunie Gravely. Meet my Dad! He founded an all-veterans commercial air service in 1945 that flew freight and passengers out of Newark Air Depot. Meet my favorite DC-3 named GAYE LYN…that’s me. Read about some of the GIs who helped form & flew for Veterans Air Express and Veterans Air Line.

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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!