Posts Tagged Saunie Gravely

Stettner verifies Veterans Air Express 1945 history.

Saunie Gravely

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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Carole Landis christened Veterans DC-4 in 1946

Saunie Gravely

Hollywood star Carole Landis christened Veterans Air Line DC-4 on July 24, 1946. The aircraft and attending celebrity Mrs. Gloria Vanderbilt both got champagne-splashed. Still searching for press photo coverage of event.

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Journal to my Dad

Saunie Gravely

On Father’s Day, I share with you entries from my journal – to my Dad. They definitely were not written to share. But I feel it appropriate to disclose our bond & connection. To give you insight to my research. The writings are unedited and you won’t “get” all the references. But I believe you’ll get more than the gist.

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Veterans Air research project

Saunie Gravely

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

Saunie Gravely

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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Saunie Gravely. Founder, President, Chairman. Meet my Dad!

Saunie Gravely

Saunie Gravely founded an all-veterans commercial air service in 1945 that flew freight and passengers out of Newark Air Depot and Teterboro. 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

Saunie Gravely

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.
Saunie Gravely

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 plan to fly perishable produce

1945 Press coverage about founders of Veterans Air plans to fly perishable produce to their markets.
Saunie Gravely

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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Saunie Gravely weds Lydia Amadio

Saunie Gravely

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!