Veterans Air Line memorabilia

Veterans Air Line memorabilia rare find.

Veterans Air Line Captain Insignia

Veterans Air Line Pilot Wings. From the Stan Baumwald Collection of flight crew insignia. Photo courtesy of Stan’s website.

These are Captain Wings worn on flight crew uniforms.  They are considered rare as well as well-preserved Veterans Air Line memorabilia.

In your travels, if you ever come across anything with the Veterans logo, please be sure to get contact information for me.  Baggage tags, an old suitcase with sticky labels, another insignia — you never know the unlikely places they may surface.

This particular insignia comes to us from the collection of aviation buff and retired, Northwest Airlines 747 pilot, Stan Baumwald.

Veterans Air Line lapel pin of Charles Eason

Veterans Air Line lapel pin. Photo Courtesy of The Family of Charles F. Eason, Sr.

The only other pair of wings I’ve located to date belonged to Charles Eason, Sr. and were among the  few mementos from his days with Veterans.

[End of May, I wrote about Peter Riool and his ABCDlist.nl site. Peter found and sent me Stan’s link. And then Stan also became part of my ever-expanding network.]

The information about Veterans Air Line on Stan’s site, StanWing, reveals Veterans flew “airtour routes.”  That factoid was heretofore unknown to me. And it exemplifies how various findings of my research lead to more research.  Stan, I look forward to learning more about your entry which reads, in part: “Veterans was a low fare infrequent passenger service operating coast to coast and airtours to Greece and Central America…”


 

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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!