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Saunie Gravely weds Lydia Amadio

I am tickled to show you the Saunie Gravely weds Lydia Amadio announcement in my Mom’s hometown newspaper. I stumbled on this clipping today in the Carteret (NJ) Press, September 3, 1943. What a giggle!!! Let me tell you that Saunie Gravely weds Lydia Amadio resulted in much more than an airline adventure named Veterans Air Express and a DC-3 named GAYE LYN.Come see their wedding photo!

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Charles Eason non-pilot Veterans Air Express founder

Charles Francis Eason, Sr. may add real intrigue and maybe even some mystery to the history of Veterans Air Express. The discovery that Eason, Sr. was a non-pilot founder of Veterans brings up some curious questions. Gaye Lyn Gravely conducts research about the 1945 all-GI airline founded by her father, Saunie Gravely, with their war surplus DC-3 and DC-4 fleet. Follow me…

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1946 Greek War Relief flight makes history

Veterans Air Express in September 1946 made aviation & animal husbandry history. The Borden Company had donated a pure-bred American Jersey bull calf and two heifers to help restore Greece’s war-obliterated herds. The cattle were “loaded” into a DC-4 and flown to Athens. The press photo is worth more than a thousand words. Come take a look!

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Film Footage of Veterans Air Express

Rare 1945 film footage of Veterans Air Express DC-3 & DC-4. Taken & narrated by one of the founding pilots, John Noll. Listen to his story of Veterans Air first aircraft and all-important contract with United Nations. See these grand aircraft. Watch christening of the DC-4 by Metropolitan Opera diva. Do you recognize her? We need her name.

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Veterans Air DC-3 on ABCDlist

My favorite photo of Dad and Veterans Air DC-3 the GAYE LYN just got posted on a very helpful website — ABCDlist.nl. It now sits among other DC-3s in a gallery frequented by DC-3 “loyalists” & crews. Hope to attract contact from those knowing Veterans Air Express.

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John Noll, Veterans Air, among core founders

John J. Noll was a core founder of Veterans Air with six other WWII vets, including Saunie Gravely, my Dad. Today, for the first time, I “met” John’s daughter telephonically & we swapped tales about their 1945 upstart airline. Happy Veterans Day, Dads!

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Finding Veterans Air crews

Finding Veterans Air crews is like a rubrics cube.  Lots of movable parts and possibilities. Two days ago (20 May), I discovered & told you about a news article authored by Don Turnbull.  He reported on a flight to Warsaw in May 1946 to deliver hatching eggs

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Veterans Air flight to Warsaw

Veterans Air flight to Warsaw. 69 years ago today, May 20, 1946. Countless times, Dad told me about the Veterans Air flight to Warsaw – multiple flights actually to both Poland and Czechoslovakia.  The company had won a contract from UNRRA (United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration)

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Bernard Shmanske Veterans Air pilot

Bernard Francis Shmanske, DC-3 pilot, Veterans Air Express, 1945, Newark Airfield, NJ.

Bernard Shmanske, one of the first Veterans Air pilots This handsome young man is Bernard Francis Shmanske wearing his U.S. Army Air Forces uniform.  Bernard entered service when he was 21 years old on 2 September 1942.  He completed Flight School Pilot Training in December 1943, served

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Veterans Air research project

Veterans Air research seeks to tell its 1945 story You are here at the christening of my Veterans Air research project.  Perhaps not as exciting as when the first of my Dad’s company DC-3’s  was christened in 1945…and named the GAYE LYN.  But exciting to me. My

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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!