Jeannette Remak, owner of Phoenix Aviation Research, is a military aviation historian, writer, author, artist, and photographic engineer. Her books include “XB-70 Valkyrie: The Ride to Valhalla” (1998, MBI Publishing, Co.) and ”A-12 Blackbird: Declassified” (2001, also MBI). She has also written two pieces for the Atlantic Flyer with her co-author (Gilded Cage or Golden Screw and Who’s Got the Bird?) which dealt with the restoration of vintage aircraft and the position of Museums holding aircraft collections including salvagers rights and the US Navy position on such issues, as well as several articles for Air Force Association. Remak had been interviewed by: Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine for the August ‘99 issue concerning the XB-70 Valkyrie and has spent some 25 years in the Museum industry. She has published “NASA and the Shuttle Shuffle (2013)”, "To Slip The Surly Bonds Nasa, The Shuttle Disasters, And The Demise of the U.S. Manned Space Program (2015), Boeing B-52 Stratofortress-Warrior Queen of the USAF (Fonthill (2016) and XB-70 Valkyrie-The Return to Valhalla (2016).
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In the mid-1990s, Ms. Remak worked for six years as the volunteer Aircraft Historian for the Intrepid Sea-Air Space Museum in Manhattan. Her duties included doing the research for maintenance and restoration along with working on the aircraft under her control at the museum which included many U.S. Naval and U.S. Air Force aircraft on loan to the Intrepid Museum. This includes hands on restoration encompassing sheet metal work, corrosion control of the titanium airframe and appropriation of parts and specialized equipment for work on A-12 aircraft (The Lockheed A-12 is the precursor to the SR-71. There are only nine in the world. The A-12 on Intrepid is the only flight test vehicle left, thus making it a very rare aircraft.) She also worked on the Vought F8 Crusader, Vought A-7 Corsair, Grumman F-14D Tomcat, Grumman A-6A Intruder and the EA-6B Intruder II, Grumman Albatross, Grumman E1B Tracker, the McDonnell Douglas A-4 SkyHawk, McDonnell Douglas AV-8C Harrier, Bell AH-1J Cobra helicopter, Bell UH-1M helicopter, Douglas F3 Skynight (this was a complete tear down and restoration ) North American FJ-3 Fury, North American RA-5C Vigilante, General Dynamics F-16A. (All these aircraft required various restorative work and upkeep since they are on the deck of the Intrepid and exposed to the elements. She supported the restoration accuracy of these aircraft by researching each aircraft’s history and records for precise markings and accuracy of paint color for its time period.
Ms. Remak is also responsible for the rescue of the Sikorsky RH-53D, lone survivor of the Iran Hostage Crisis: In conjunction with the US Navy’s Curator office, she worked on rescuing the last surviving helicopter of the United States Iranian Hostage rescue mission that failed. This aircraft was about to be scrapped when she convinced the Naval Curator and Director not to allow that to happen. The CH-53D is now restored and on display at the JFK/ US Navy Seal Training School in North Carolina. On behalf of Intrepid, Ms Remak headed a “Grass Roots” to obtain a rare, veteran Vought F-8 Crusader aircraft for the collection. The aircraft was brought on board with a very unique airlift operation which deposited the aircraft on the Intrepid deck after flying it via Chinhook helicopter from Pennsylvania. 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, U.S. Air Force Museum. She was publicly praised by the Museum’s then Director as having done things [on our behalf that] even we couldn’t do [for ourselves]. Ms Remak also supported the USAF Museum as a Photographic Conservation consultant. Owing to her experiences in doing research for her books, and for the museums she has worked with, she and her co-author Joseph Ventolo Jr., formed Phoenix Aviation Research in 1998. On a case-by-case basis, they provide historical research services for other writers, researchers, and historians. She has worked on research for tv shows “Law and Order”, “ Smithsonian Channel AIR WARRIORS; and film “Medal of Honor”.
Ms. Remak is an accomplished artist. Although she has done a number of paintings with science fiction and landscape themes, for the past 20 years her work has been mainly aviation oriented. She is a member of the U.S. Air Force Art Program since 1988. Nine 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, placed in the Pentagon, the U.S. Air Force Art Presentation program at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, near Washington, DC; used in the 1999 Air Force Foundation Art Calendar. Her painting “Waiting to Go –XB-70” was chosen to represent the year 1964 in the 60th Anniversary of the USAF art show. Her painting, "CGYNUS RISING" is the first A-12 Blackbird painting to be admitted to the U.S. Air Force Art collection during the 60th Anniversary of the United States Air Force celebration of the Air Force Art Program at Wright -Patterson AFB, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. He paintings are also included in the premier book “Magnificent Showcase—The History of the USAF Art Program” by Dr. Timothy Keck.
Jeannette has a degree in Commercial Photographic Engineering and was the one of the first women in that specialty in New York City. She obtained her Masters Degree in Aviation Science in 2000.Jeannette has studied Fine Art at School of Visual Arts, NYC, and York College Fine Arts, NYC Commercial Art at New York Community College. She has a degree in Commercial Photography from NY Institute of Photography. She obtained her Masters Degree in Aviation Sciences in 2000 from Northwestern Int’l Univ. Her many accomplishments are listed in who's Who Among American Women 1994-1995.Her experience in photography and the graphics industries spans 30 years. She is also a lifetime associate member of the Roadrunners Internationale, an association dedicated to and for the preservation of the history of the people who worked as "silent warriors" at Area 51 on the OXCART/SR-71 programs along with various other black programs.
Jeannette Remak is a lifelong New Yorker, but has traveled extensively. She was born in Queens, NY and currently resides in Sunnyside, N.Y.