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  • General David Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff with Bruce and Jan Chambers at Arlington gravesite of Robert and Janet Chambers, Bruce's parents.
    Chambers family memorable Arlington Memorial Day.
    June 13, 2020 by
    In 1945 Veterans Air DC-3 Chief Pilot and company co-founder was Robert Chambers. His son Bruce and Bruce's wife Jan traveled to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2020 to visit his dad and mom's grave site. To their surprise, they were greeted by a four-star Air Force General. Come read the rest of their story....
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  • Jack Stetter, sporting a bright red shirt and Veterans Air Line cap, and sipping a huge ice cream soda.
    Jack Stettner would be 97 today.
    May 27, 2020 by
    Jack Stettner loved life. He was proud of his family, his WWII service, and his role in co-founding Veterans Air. He would have been 97 today. I celebrate his life in a fashion he would approve. ...
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  • Just built B-17s in 1944. Image appears in artcile by Fred Johnsen in General Aviation News, 3/2/2020.
    Background story. WWII aircraft production miracles.
    May 22, 2020 by
    Strategic ingenuity for WW II production of bombers, fighters, transports and trainers is our own American monumental victory. The "juggernaut" story is told by author, historian Fred Johnsen for General Aviation News. Read about the strong significance to Veterans Air Express of this story....
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  • Thumbnail images of four Veterans Air YouTube videos now in the websilte Video Library.
    Veterans Air legacy research celebrates five years and a Video Library.
    April 15, 2020 by
    A Video Library gets added to the Veterans Air Express webpage. A fitting addition on the 5th anniversary date of this legacy research project....
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  • Photo collage shows five aviation historians and professionals with Gaye Lyn. They figure among the 50+ Veterans Air Express Research Network she credits as ever-diligent and sources of treasure.
    Interview Videos 2 and 3 join Veterans Air history.
    March 28, 2020 by
    One gorgeous summer day at Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach campus, three students and I delved into a conversation about Veterans Air Express. The outcome? This 3-part video....
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  • Veterans Air glistening DC-3, props turning awaits approaching company founder on ramp at Sebring, FL.
    3-part video featuring unfolding Veterans Air history.
    March 26, 2020 by
    Part 1 of 3-part video featuring unfolding Veterans Air history is released today. Founder's daughter, Gaye Lyn, tells the story to student research project at Embry-Riddle Florida....
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  • Close up photo of radio KQNA studio microphone and logo graphics of headphones and station information.
    KQNA live radio interview about VAE
    February 28, 2020 by
    Any invite to talk about Veterans Air delights me. But a live interview by a Prescott radio talk show host to publicize my own talk at Embry-Riddle? That's pretty sweet! It is fun sharing the story with D. J. Fone on 21 Jan 2020. Come listen....
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  • A collage of the four Embry-Riddle students and their Adviser who made this video happen.
    Veterans Air Express garners storytelling invites
    January 4, 2020 by
    The history of 1945 Veterans Air has recently attracted varied (and rather large, may I add?) aviation audiences as our research unfolds more crew, flight and non-sked era details....
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  • A very drab looking hulk of an aircraft stands at the ready for its new civilian life in a military hangar.
    DC-3s ferried from Valdosta in 1945
    November 6, 2019 by
    First DC-3s ferried from Valdosta military base by Veterans Air. Valdosta. Not a common name. Valdosta. Why does it sound so familiar? Trip planning through Georgia, I see the name several times on a map. It rings a bell. But nothing comes to mind – until 20 miles north of Valdosta on 27 June this past summer while heading south to Florida. I remember! A Pilot Running Log maintained by then soon-to-be DC-3 Chief Pilot Robert Chambers shows entries in Nov and Dec 1945 from VD to LV, when Veterans Air ferries its first two DC-3s to Louisville, KY, for civilian conversion. The aircraft are evidentially stored at VD while awaiting sale by the U. S. government’s Reconstruction Finance Corporation. R.F.C. is Veterans source for acquiring the DC-3s with some much appreciated intervention by founder Saunie Gravely’s West Virginia Senator Harley Kilgore. BINGO! I pull off the road inside city...
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  • Name dropping
    Name dropping
    August 28, 2019 by
    Research becomes easier and more enjoyable having historians and memorabilia treasure hunters interested in your topic. Come read about five such aviation history aficionados....
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  • The Carvair sort of resembles a Boeing 747 with propellers instead of jet engines, but not as sleek.
    Carvair ATL-98 sister ships
    August 19, 2019 by
    Unexpected connections and poignant moments mark two very different experiences on June's Veterans Air research trip. Visit Texas and Georgia with me....
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  • Red stylized (art-deco looking) wings and red star encricled by blue background for the name Veterans Air Line.
    Noll and Chambers proud to serve
    August 5, 2019 by
    Stories told about their dads John Noll and Robert Chambers by Buffy Noll and Bob Chambers. Come learn more about these two Veterans Air pilots....
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  • Seated under a patio umbrella from Buffy, Gaye Lyn, Jack and Bob.
    1945 Veterans Air Express families gather.
    August 5, 2019 by
    Another fun, improbable gathering of Veterans Air "kids." Buffy Noll, Bob Chambers and their spouses Jack and Diana. In Texas. On the first official stop of Gaye Lyn's June 2019 VAE research trip....
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  • John Schaus passed away 11 July 2019.
    John Schaus passed away 11 July 2019.
    August 3, 2019 by
    John Schaus passed away in July. An honor to know him, a joy to call him friend. I will miss his cheerful phone calls and always-welcomed vivid stories. Come learn about this Veterans Air DC-3 pilot. God-speed, Kind Sir....
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  • A map depicts destinatiions and route of a Veterans Air research trip in 2019.
    Veterans Air Express research continues in 2019
    July 19, 2019 by
    Amazing how 4,872 miles can roll by without boredom. Meeting special people and continuing Veterans Air research recently spread out over 33 days....
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