Nellie Brenner

Veterans Air UNRRA contract 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.

Veterans Air outfits DC-4 at Sebring FL ops base

Florida orange juice christening in June 1946 of the Veterans Air Line second DC-4. A 15-member company tech team outfitted and painted the ex-military aircraft to cargo configuration at the Veterans Air newly opened operations center at Sebring Airport.

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.