AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2020 - 76

The first attempt at mail delivery via
airplane was a short hop in 1911 and the
mail was unceremoniously dumped by
the pilot-Earle Ovington-from a Blériot
monoplane to the ground. But these humble beginnings eventually did result in a
concerted effort by the United States
Postal Service to employ the airplane as a
means to deliver the mail more efficiently
and faster.
In fact, after the end of World War
I, the post office was one of the largest
employers of pilots returning from Europe
and, by the mid-1920s, several contractors employed pilots, including Charles
A. Lindbergh. But we're getting ahead of
ourselves....
ROARING '20S

It's 1920 and the airplane has been an
accepted, albeit novel, form of transportation since 1908. An aerial war has been
fought and won; barnstormers canvas the
nation; and records in speed, distance, and
by gender have been set. The U.S. postmaster general believes in delivery by air,
but the pilots and planners realize routes
must be established for the service to
be effective. Mail is delivered by rail, its

routes determined by railway stops across
the nation. Even with weather, darkness,
and mechanical issues, it is believed airmail should be faster than by train. It is
hard for us to imagine today waiting days
for that check in the mail, that thank-you
card acknowledging a gift, or-God forbid-that "Dear John" letter (will readers
even understand any of this 20 years from
today?).
But 100 years ago, a 15-stop route
was established between New York and
California, creating the first transcontinental airmail service. And it eventually
proved faster than rail by 22 hours.

PILOT CHRISTOPHER FREEZE accepts the
bag of mail from American Air Mail Society
member Stephen Reinhard at Republic
Airport in New York (above right). The
original landing fields on the September
1920 flight (below).

TOP: NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

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