Veterans Air Express story at NJ Aviation Hall of Fame
A Facebook announcement on December 1 talked about the unfolding Veterans Air Express story at NJ Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum. That was on November 15 (2017). I was greatly honored to have been the Museum’s guest speaker.
The Veterans Air unfolding story as-it stands end of 2017.
The Museum talk gave me a grand opportunity to capture the story as it currently stands. Hope you enjoy this full-length YouTube.
Quite candidly, more research results exist than I could comfortably jam into the Hall of Fame talk. I found myself leaving full stories out — like the maintenance base at Sebring, FL And greater details and more photos of the people I’m still searching for.
So, while I’m very pleased with the above YouTube, there are three huge hunks of major segments yet to cover:
- what I know that wouldn’t fit in the November presentation.
- all that remains to be researched — known topics and yet-to-be-discovered rabbit holes to dig down.
- more details and disclosure of what ultimately did happen to the air line.
Hopefully telling the Veterans Air Express story at NJ Aviation Hall of Fame is the opening to a salvo!
I hope that the November 2017 presentation is only the first of many chances to share my research results as they progress. I intend to continue my research into an unknown future. My determination comes, in part, from the questions asked by my Museum audience afterward. They actually wanted more – which was music to my ears.
Actually, before my talk, I was a little afraid to go into too much detail. It seemed in the beginning to be Dad’s story that slowly grew into the story of the men and women involved in the air line.
I thought the Veterans Air families were my greatest audience. I found out last night that my assumption may be false.
“An aviation researcher.” Really????
First, in his introduction, Shea Oakley, Executive Director of the Museum, called me “an aviation researcher.” I was startled. I certainly had not looked at myself as such. Given Shea’s background, I was, and remain, complimented by the moniker.
I also had not looked at my project as Shea next described it. “…going after her father’s legacy.” Only when several Veterans Air families thanked me for helping preserve their dads’ legacies had that occurred to me.
My biggest surprise was yet to come in what Shea tells our audience next…
“…Gaye Lyn promotes a part of aviation history that, until she really began to search it out, was neglected…which is extremely important to the history of commercial aviation in particular, and to Teterboro Airport.”
“…Many don’t realized that after the Second World War many of the greatest generation, the pilots, came home and started airlines like Veterans Air…and that our airport (Teterboro) was one of the busiest air carrier airports…particularly for cargo East of the Mississippi…so we’re always glad when people are interested in that aspect of it…”
Dear Reader, please watch the YouTube to hear the rest of Shea Oakley’s introduction – and to see the Unfolding History of Veterans Air Express. My best, Gaye Lyn.