Background

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.

Veterans Air Express information

There’s a lot of Veterans Air Express information “out there.” Lots of it needs cross-checking. Much needs verification. And challenge. And discussion. Some of that input will best come from World War II vets…especially ex-Army Air Corps and their families…aviation buffs….and research librarians. Are you one of those folks? Or know them? VeteransAir.org is my website where I share what I know & what I need to know. I invite you to follow me here.

Big headline. FLY TO...FLORIDA. Classified ad in Travel Section of New York Times 18 Jan 1946.

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.)