UPDATE------Phoenix Aviation Research releases a new book on the XB-70 Valkyrie Bomber called "XB-70 Valkyrie-The Return to Valhalla", it should be out within the month of June 2016 for the official opening of the Research and Development Gallery at the National Museum of the USAF, Dayton Ohio celebrating the new, permanent home of the XB-70. Jeannette's new book on the history of the venerable B-52 bomber for Fonthill Media, is out now in UK not sure about the USA, though.
We posted the interview that we did with WTDN TV news Ohio on the state of the Space Shuttles deposition, in essence where they ended up after being shut down by NASA.
In this interview we stated the danger of placing an Orbiter with the Intrepid Museum. Unfortunately, our words came true. The Orbiter Enterprise was damaged during the Hurricane Sandy event in NYC . As we stated, a flight deck 17 stories in the air is no place for a Shuttle, especially since it was displayed in a bubble tent.This interview should be viewed with our book "NASA And the Shuttle Shuffle--The Deposition of Shuttles and how it all went wrong."
Jeannette Remak is a military aviation historian, writer, author, and artist. Her books include XB-70 Valkyrie: The Ride to Valhalla (1998, MBI Publishing, Co.) and A-12 Blackbird: Declassified (2001, also MBI)"The Archangel and the OXCART_The Dawn of Mach III Reconnissance"(Phoenix Aviation Research), NASA and the Shuttle Shuffle- The Dispositiion Process for the Orbiters and how it all went wrong (Phoenix Aviation Research). She has also written articles for the Atlantic Flyer, as well as several articles for the AFA. She is currently doing research and writing for her fourth book, "To Slip the Surly Bonds, NASA, The Shuttle Accidents and the Implosion of the U.S. Manned Spaceflight Program."
In the mid-1990s, Ms. Remak worked for six years as the Aircraft Historian for the Intrepid Sea-Air Space Museum in Manhattan. Her duties included doing the research for maintenance and restoration of many U.S. Naval and U.S. Air Force on loan to the Intrepid Museum.Prime among the aircraft she worked with on Intrepid's deck is the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird, an Air Force-owned but CIA-operated supersonic spy plane that preceded the later and better-known Air Force SR-71 Blackbird. At about the same time, Jeannette worked as a consultant for the Curator's Office and Research Division, U.S. Air Force Museum. She was nominated for the Volunteer of the Year, 1994 at the USAF Museum and praised by the Museum's then Director as having done things [on our behalf that] even we couldn't do [for ourselves].
Owing to her experiences in doing research for her books, and for the museums she has worked with, eight years ago, she and her co-author, Joe Ventolo Jr. formed Phoenix Aviation Research. On a case-by-case basis, they provide historical research services for other writers, researchers, and historians.
Ms. Remak is an accomplished artist.
Although she has done a number of paintings with science fiction and fine art themes, for the past 15 years her work has been mainly aviation oriented. Five of her paintings are part of the Air Force Art Collection. Her art has been shown at the U.S. Air Force Museum at historic Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio; the U.S. Air Force Art Presentation program at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, near Washington, DC; and placed in the Pentagon,just this past October 2011 at the 60th Diamond Anniversary of the USAF Art Program.
Her many accomplishments are listed in Who's Who Among American Women 1994-1995. She attended, New York Community College for Commercial Art, School of Visual Arts, and York College (CUNY) for Fine Arts (All NYC). She also holds a degree in Commercial Photography. She obtained her Masters Degree in Aviation Mechanics in 2001
Jeannette Remak is a lifelong New Yorker, but has traveled extensively. She was born in Queens, NY and currently resides in Sunnyside, NY.
Joseph A. Ventolo, Jr. is the former curator of the US Air Force Museum (now the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force), having retired on January 3, 199
In November 1959 Ventolo joined the 269th Comm Sqn., Ohio Air National Guard, Springfield, OH. In February 1960 entered basic training at Lackland AFB, TX, and in April, transferred to Keesler AFB, MS, completed basic training there, and attended ground radio maintenance school at Keesler Technical Training Center. After graduation in November 1960, he returned to the 269th Comm. Sqn. and served four years as a Ground Radio Equipment Repairman, attaining the rank of Senior Airman. In 1965, he received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Ohio Air National Guard, and was assigned to Headquarters, 251st Comm. Gp., Springfield, OH, as a communications officer. He left the Ohio Air National Guard in 1966 and transferred to the Air Force Reserve where he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1970.
While attending Miami University, Ventolo worked as a radio announcer for radio stations WRMU & WMUB, Oxford, OH, and WPFB, Middletown, OH. He was also on the production staff of Miami University Broadcasting, an early educational television service. During summer vacations from Miami, he was employed as an Engineering Aid with the Communications & Navigation Laboratory, Wright Air Development Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Following graduation from Miami University in 1958, he was hired by television station WLWD, Dayton, OH, as a traffic clerk, and later, as a film clerk and cutter/editor. In 1962, Joe joined the staff of the U.S. Air Force Motion Picture Film Archives at Wright-Patterson AFB as a Motion Picture Archivist. In 1969 he transferred to the Advanced Logistics Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB as a historian and public information officer. Shortly thereafter he was assigned to the Office of History, Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command (also at Wright- Patterson), as a staff historian. While there he authored several monographs and contributed sections to the command's annual official histories.
In 1979, he transferred to the Research Division, U.S. Air Force Museum as the Museum's Historian. Two years later he became a Curator of Aeronautics. While assigned to the museum's research division, he researched and wrote 12 editions of the annual history of the Museum, as well as countless display labels and information brochures for aircraft in the museum's collection. He wrote aviation articles for such periodicals Air Force Magazine, Warbirds International magazine and Aero News Photo. He also co-authored articles that appeared in such periodicals as Air Enthusiast, WW I Aero, and Friends Bulletin. In 1993 he was appointed Curator of the U.S. Air Force Museum and named Curator of the United States Air Force. He remained in that position until his retirement on January 3, 1995.
Ventolo also volunteered with the Ohio History of Flight, Inc. Air Museum in Columbus, OH, from 1995 until its closure in 1999. In 1999, he joined the volunteer staff of the Clark County Park District at the Davidson Interpretive Center located at historic George Rogers Clark Park, near Springfield, Ohio.
He is currently a co-owner/consultant with Phoenix Aviation Research, Sunnyside, NY, and heads its Ohio Office. He has co-authored articles in the Atlantic Flyer, and written three aviation books, all with Jeannette Remak, founder of Phoenix Aviation Research. Their first book, XB-70 Valkyrie: The Ride to Valhalla was published by Motorbooks International (MBI) in December 1998. Their second book, A-12 Blackbird: Declassified, was published by MBI in December 2000. A third book, The Archangel and the OXCART: The Lockheed A-12 Blackbirds and the Dawn of Mach III Reconnaissance was published by Trafford Publishing Co. in 2008. Joseph is continuing his writing with a book that examines the certain aspects of the Amateur Radio Service and associated organizations.