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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

Saunie Gravely. Meet my Dad!

Saunie Gravely founded an all-veterans commercial air service in 1945 that flew freight and passengers out of Newark Air Depot. Meet my favorite DC-3 named GAYE LYN…that’s me. Read about some of the GIs who helped form & flew for Veterans Air Express and Veterans Air Line.

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Robert Chambers “Running Log” reveals Veterans Air first DC-3 revenue cargo flight

Newspaper clippings and DC-3 Chief Pilot Robert Chambers’ “Pilots Running Log” record the first Veterans Air DC-3 cargo revenue flight on 3 December 1945. Iced, dressed turkeys from Louisville KY to Teterboro NJ were primary cargo destined for Newark and New York City.

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Going public. Veterans Air first stock offering.

First company stock offering signed by Saunie Gravely, Founder, President and Chairman of the Board.

The first stock offering was issued 9 November 1945. The certificate was printed even before the decision that “Veterans” should be part of the official company name. Pride in who they were and in hopes of bettering their chances for attracting business seems to have prompted the idea.

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AAF Vets to Speed Perishable Produce to Market

Headline from September 9, 1945, Newark Evening News (pg 18). Story about a bright idea and Army Air Force veterans getting it off the ground.

This September 1945 clipping from Newark Evening News takes the reader behind the scenes from bright idea to Board of Directors to the “mechanics” of a start-up express cargo airline owned and operated by WWII vets and the businessmen who saw great merit in their dream.

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WANTED: Veterans Air information or leads.

We often don’t know nearly enough about one of our People. If you can help, click on the DC-3 photo to message me.

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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, the Carteret (NJ) Press, September 3, 1943. What a giggle!!! I added their wonderful wedding photo here.

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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!