Posts Tagged Veterans Air Express

Veterans Air Express family visit – day one

Buffy Noll hosts Will Frome and Gaye Lyn Gravely at first meeting of Veterans Air Express family visit.
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Pretty amazing. 2nd generation of what I call the Veterans Air Express family…meeting for the first time in a Dallas suburb as part of my cross-country RV trek for face-to-face visits. Follow my adventure…

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Veterans Air DC-3 pilot John Schaus

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When a Reading Air Show announcer asked for a “volunteer” C-47 pilot to help crew a fly-by, of course, Veterans Air DC-3 pilot John Schaus didn’t hesitate! Don’t miss the punch line of his story!

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Veterans Air DC-3 ops documents deliver insight

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Veterans Air Express. Proper procedures, safety emphasis and insistence on professionalism. That’s an insight reinforced by DC-3 training ops documents. I know because DC-3 Chief Pilot Robert Chambers kept them and his son Bruce gave them to me!

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Gaye Lyn crashes VFW meeting seeking Veterans Air vets

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I crashed a VFW meeting yesterday! Hey, where better to seek my Veterans Air vets, right? It’s a fun story. Come read it.

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Cocktails with Paul Eason, son of Veterans Air Express Charles Eason, Sr.

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His Dad helped my Dad found Veterans Air Express in 1945. And across those 70 years, Charles Eason, Sr. & Saunie Gravely “introduced” their son & daughter in 2015, over Margaritas at sunset in Santa Fe to compare notes on their non-sked cargo & passenger airline. Come meet Paul Eason & his son Evan.

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Veterans Air CAB application

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Veterans Air Express prepared a Civil Aeronautics Board route application – for authority to engage in permanent, scheduled service, worldwide. The document & accompanying, impressive route map, were saved by John Greenleaf, Sr., a founding member of the 1945 company. He kept a copy among his papers. It’s a revelation of the hopes & intentions of these Vets & their investors.

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Veterans Air Express contract with UNRRA flown by Stettner, Jakeman, Noll, et al.

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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.

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Stettner verifies Veterans Air Express 1945 history.

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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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Veterans Air Express Reunion a special celebration

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Veterans Air Express Reunion gave new meaning to “together again.” This first-ever gathering felt like old home week with Jack Stettner and his family in Florida recently. Come share our new photos & some 70-yr old history.

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Veterans Air Express Robert F. Gries.

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Update: WWII photos added to story of Robert Gries. Read about Bob as told to me by his wife, Marilyn. About his WWII 392nd Bomb Group. About his Navigator & business management role at Veterans Air Express.

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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!