Posts Tagged Veterans Air Express

DC-3s ferried from Valdosta in 1945

A very drab looking hulk of an aircraft stands at the ready for its new civilian life in a military hangar.
Veterans Air Express

First DC-3s ferried from Valdosta military base by Veterans Air. Valdosta. Not a common name. Valdosta. Why does it sound so familiar? Trip planning through Georgia, I see the name several times on a map. It rings a bell. But nothing comes to mind – until 20 miles north of Valdosta on 27 June this

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Carvair ATL-98 sister ships

The Carvair sort of resembles a Boeing 747 with propellers instead of jet engines, but not as sleek.
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Unexpected connections and poignant moments mark two very different experiences on June’s Veterans Air research trip. Visit Texas and Georgia with me.

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Noll and Chambers proud to serve

Red stylized (art-deco looking) wings and red star encricled by blue background for the name Veterans Air Line.
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Stories told about their dads John Noll and Robert Chambers by Buffy Noll and Bob Chambers. Come learn more about these two Veterans Air pilots.

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1945 Veterans Air Express families gather.

Seated under a patio umbrella from Buffy, Gaye Lyn, Jack and Bob.
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Another fun, improbable gathering of Veterans Air “kids.” Buffy Noll, Bob Chambers and their spouses Jack and Diana. In Texas. On the first official stop of Gaye Lyn’s June 2019 VAE research trip.

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John Schaus passed away 11 July 2019.

Veterans Air Express

John Schaus passed away in July. An honor to know him, a joy to call him friend. I will miss his cheerful phone calls and always-welcomed vivid stories. Come learn about this Veterans Air DC-3 pilot. God-speed, Kind Sir.

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Veterans Air Express research continues in 2019

A map depicts destinatiions and route of a Veterans Air research trip in 2019.
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Amazing how 4,872 miles can roll by without boredom. Meeting special people and continuing Veterans Air research recently spread out over 33 days.

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TVC YouTube features VAE ground transport RV

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Team me up with Liz Wilcox, creator of The Virtual Campground and TVC YouTube…and watch us go! Liz gave me eleven minutes. And I gave her the story of how Gracie, the Veterans Air Ground Transport RV, enhances and extends my research. Come watch…and bring popcorn.

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Veterans Air history at Airliners International 2018 Convention

An arrow shows the "flight path" of Veterans Air DC-3 between a skyscraper in New York to the palm trees and beaches of Florida.
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Accepted an invitation to share Veterans Air Express history at Airliners International 2018 Convention in Washington DC this July. It’s the World’s Largest Airline Collectibles Show. What fun. And got to meet some non-sked aficionados, too.

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Veterans Air Express story at NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and more to come

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Jammed ten pounds in a five-pound bag…and still had more to share. But I sure had fun telling the Veterans Air Express story at NJ Aviation Hall of Fame last November. I was delighted (and pleasantly stunned) by Executive Director Shea Oakley’s introduction. There’s a YouTube in this post that captures the evening…Dad’s concept, the WWII vets who joined him, a historic UNRRA flight, some conjectures why the airline folded…and more. Give it a look-see.

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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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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!