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.
First DC-4 in the fleet makes first over-flight of Russian occupied territory enroute to Warsaw, Poland, with Captain William Jakeman in the left seat.
Dirty weather, dangerous runway conditions and Russian overflight permission define Jakeman and Stettner’s UNRRA flight to Warsaw behind the "iron curtain."
Radio problems force Captain W. C. Jakeman’s Crew to land in Portland Maine en route to Prague. Local press photo identified six Crew members previously known by name only.
In 1942 & ’43 the Army Air Corps turned Thomas E. Cowart from a farm boy into an aircraft mechanic and later a flight engineer. He flew the world as part of an Air Transport group led by Captain Cooper Walker. And after the war, Walker encouraged Cowart to join him at Veterans Air Express and fly the world again. Thomas tells me his vivid-memory story. Come meet him.