Latest stories from Veterans Air

  • Veterans Air Express garners storytelling invites
    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...
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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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  • TVC YouTube features VAE ground transport RV
    TVC YouTube features VAE ground transport RV
    February 15, 2019 by
    Team me up with Liz Wilcox, creator of The Virtual Campground and TVC YouTube...and watch us go! Liz gave me eleven minutes. And I gave her the story of how Gracie, the Veterans Air Ground Transport RV, enhances and extends my research. Come watch...and bring popcorn....
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  • An arrow shows the "flight path" of Veterans Air DC-3 between a skyscraper in New York to the palm trees and beaches of Florida.
    Veterans Air history at Airliners International 2018 Convention
    December 27, 2018 by
    Accepted an invitation to share Veterans Air Express history at Airliners International 2018 Convention in Washington DC this July. It's the World's Largest Airline Collectibles Show. What fun. And got to meet some non-sked aficionados, too....
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  • John Schaus goes back to Ramsey High School
    John Schaus goes back to Ramsey High School
    November 19, 2018 by
    Imagine being 95 years old and going back to High School. John Schaus did! Invited to address the students about “where I went and what I did in WWII." But the rest of the story is even better!! John has a special connection to Ramsey High School in...
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  • Eight family members share stories 70+ years after their three dads founded and crewed the aircraft of 1945 Veterans Air Express. Their smiles tell the rest of the story.
    Eason, Chambers families attend talk
    November 15, 2018 by
    Not in a million years in April 2015 when I began this research would I have imagined such a gathering and the opportunity to present our Fathers' story with them in the audience. Come meet second and third generation VAE families -- Chambers and Eason....
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  • Professor Alan Bender sporting a Panama-style hat sits across the table from Gaye Lyn. A painting of bright yellow lemons and fruit hangs over the table in their booth.
    Non-sked researcher Alan Bender shares insights
    November 7, 2018 by
    Non-sked researcher Alan Bender, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Professor, agrees to meet and share some of his long-time independent research into, and passion for, the non-sked era in which Veterans Air operated in 1945-1947. Alan bursts with incredible and myriad details -- and infectious enthusiasm. This was an amazing opportunity....
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  • A map shows the far-reaching route during the summer of 2018 Veterans Air Express research trip...from Santa Fe NM to Prescott AZ and as far northwest as Ashland OR then to Salt Lake City for a round-trip flight to Washington DC.
    Veterans Air expanded friendships
    October 26, 2018 by
    Thousands of land and air miles, days and weeks on the road, and terrific contact with folks who live and breath aviation. They shared insights into the history of the Non-sked air line era and showed honest interest in the Veterans Air story. Doesn't get much better than...
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  • Veterans Air elusive records
    Veterans Air elusive records
    October 24, 2018 by
    Elusive Veterans Air records are hopefully not nonexistent. The pursuit of new aviation sources and resources steeped in the non-sked air line era prompted a great journey in June & July 2018. Come see who was on the meet-and-learn-from list between Oregon and Washington DC....
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