Compass Forwarding Co., Inc

Compass Forwarding Co., Inc

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In 1947, Joe Shelala received an honorable discharge after serving in the Army Air Corps, a precursor to the United States Air Force.  Like many veterans of his generation, Joe used the skills from his training to create a successful career for himself.

An airman at heart, Joe naturally gravitated towards the nascent commercial aviation industry; however, the abundance of military-trained pilots following World War II limited his opportunities.  With a wife and plans to start a family, he needed to quickly devise a way to earn a living.

Joe started a business supporting the transport of surplus military aircraft.  He arranged for aircraft to arrive at a repurposed storefront in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn.  There, he removed the wings and propeller, crating the aircraft for shipment.  Joe was in fact the first civilian to ship an entire aircraft via airfreight.  His first major contract was with NATO, for whom Joe shipped a full fleet of Piper aircraft to train US allies in Europe.  Thus, at the dawn of the Jet Age and in the spirit of American innovation, Compass Forwarding was born.

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