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This site is a research & cataloging tool for the 1945-1947 history of Veterans Air Line & Veterans Air Express. CALL SIGN: Veterans Air

1946 Veterans Air Express crew

(POST UPDATE 9/19/2016: Constantine J. Keloss (Kaless) just identified in 1946 Veterans Air photo.) On 10 November 2015, I launched my second-ever “road trip” to meet crew members. The result? Face-to-face meetings and first-hand details from 1946 Veterans Air Express crew: flight engineer Thomas Cowart and navigator Ed Martz. Plus I received grand old photos taken by VAE pilot Richard Broughton. Come see.

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Broughton, Martz, Cowart: Veterans Air Express Breaking News

Look who I found!! Two sons, Craig & Robert, of 1945 1st Officer Richard Broughton. And two original crew members, Edward Martz, navigator, living in NJ and Thomas Cowart, flight engineer, living in SC. They ALL flew multiple trips for the Veterans Air Express United Nations war relief contract to Prague, Warsaw and Athens. It’s intriguing! And I am psyched!

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Cocktails with Paul Eason, son of Veterans Air Express Charles Eason, Sr.

His Dad helped my Dad found Veterans Air Express in 1945. And across those 70 years, Charles Eason, Sr. & Saunie Gravely “introduced” their son & daughter in 2015, over Margaritas at sunset in Santa Fe to compare notes on their non-sked cargo & passenger airline. Come meet Paul Eason & his son Evan.

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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.

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

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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Veterans Air Express contract with UNRRA flown by Stettner, Jakeman, Noll, et al.

An “experimental” DC-4. A high-energy group of hardworking ex-servicemen. A Veterans Air Express UNRRA contract for cargo flights behind the iron curtain. And Newark/Miami winter passenger flights. By mid-1946, the all-veterans organization was becoming recognized and starting to thrive.

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

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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Stettner verifies Veterans Air Express 1945 history.

My research project into Veterans Air Express 1945 history gets huge boost. My face-to-face meeting with 92-year old Jack Stettner, founding member & pilot, reveals great stories. And his Logbook contains my “missing” DC-3.

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Veterans Air Express Reunion a special celebration

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

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!