Background

Background story. WWII aircraft production miracles.

Just built B-17s in 1944. Image appears in artcile by Fred Johnsen in General Aviation News, 3/2/2020.

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.

Eason, Chambers families attend talk

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.

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.

Non-sked researcher Alan Bender shares insights

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, 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. Come meet The Professor.

EN ROUTE honors Veterans Air Line logo art

EN ROUTE, a book published in 1993 by authors Lynn Johnson and Michael O’Leary, is a lovely, fascinating and well researched noteworthy collection of “label art from the Golden Age of air travel.” Come read who recently gifted a copy of the book to me — and why. And how the authors have unexpectedly emboldened my own research into a significant factor that contributed to the Veterans Air short-lived existence.

Veterans Air CAB application

Veterans Air Express prepared a Civil Aeronautics Board route application – for authority to engage in permanent, scheduled service, worldwide. The document & accompanying, impressive route map, were saved by John Greenleaf, Sr., a founding member of the 1945 company. He kept a copy among his papers. It’s a revelation of the hopes & intentions of these Vets & their investors.

FLY FLORIDA & CAPE COD VIA VETERANS

DC-3 “Snowbird” flights from Newark to Miami via “The Veterans’ Air Line.” (New York Times classified 18th and 21st January, 1946). And summer vacationers in Cape Cod are lured to relax and fly to the Cape via the “modern” Veterans airliner. (Newark NJ paper display ad, date unknown.)