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

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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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Edward Martz, Veterans Air Express Navigator

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I am deeply sad to write this post. Veterans Air has lost a precious member. I have lost a cherished friend. Edward J. Martz, Jr. Veterans Air Express Navigator, died this week. He was 91. I’ll be forever grateful for having met him personally, known his smile, reveled in his stories about his role in my Dad’s airline. God speed, Ed Martz. Say hello to Saunie for me.

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1945 Veterans Air Express crew list grows from 22 to 62

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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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Chief Pilot Robert Chambers

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A new treasure…a photo of Robert C. Chambers standing with our first DC-3 in 1945 while she still looked like the government surplus Army C-47 she had been. And breaking news…Chambers was the DC-3 Chief Pilot with Veterans! Bet you didn’t know that! I didn’t before today. Come see.

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Robert C. Chambers – Veterans Air Express

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I found the family of Veterans Air Express Robert C. Chambers this morning. Various research sources depicting his association with my Dad’s air line pointed me toward the family. Come read the story.

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Meet Veterans Air Express Flight Engineer Thomas Cowart. I did!

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In 1942 & ’43 the Army Air Corps turned Thomas E. Cowart from a farm boy into an aircraft mechanic and later a flight engineer. He flew the world as part of an Air Transport group led by Captain Cooper Walker. And after the war, Walker encouraged Cowart to join him at Veterans Air Express and fly the world again. Thomas tells me his vivid-memory story. Come meet him.

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1946 Veterans Air Express operations base #2 sets up at Sebring Air Terminal

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Timing is everything. Veterans Air Express needed a major maintenance and repair facility. And Florida seemed a location ideally suited to their growing cargo and passenger business. Hendricks Field, an AAF Pilot School during WWII in Sebring, FL was being deactivated and transitioned into Sebring Air Terminal. Photos & news clips from archives unfold the story.

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Family of Veterans Air Express John W. Greenleaf, Sr. finds us!

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Here’s how this works. Grandson of Veterans Air Express John W. Greenleaf, Sr. googles his OWN name. And up pops reference to Veterans Air Express. He remembers stories from his Granddad and Father when he was a kid…so he tells his Dad…his Dad contacts me via my website…and we now know more about another member of our 1945 non-sked airline. I’m still grinning! Come read more.

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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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Fireworks pale to my finding Veterans Air Express Jack Z. Stettner

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Veterans Air Express Jack Z. Stettner helped found, finance, pilot & manage this DC-3 & DC-4 passenger/cargo airline in 1945. And I am planning a Veterans Air Express Reunion with Jack and his family sometime soon! I am so privileged and excited to introduce you to Jack. Come meet him!

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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!