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To honor that anniversary, organizer
Bill Moore, a Nebraska writer and pilot,
created AirMail 100 Centennial Flights,
an event that retraced the 2,680-mile
route with a relay of three dozen or so
volunteer pilots carrying a sack of mail.
Beginning at Republic Airport (FRG) in
Farmingdale, New York (the original start
was at the now-defunct Hazelhurst air
base in Mineola, New York), and crossing
the nation for four days, pilots in a variety of aircraft flew the original legs (or a
close proximity).
Carrying a reproduction of the "1921
Pilot's Directions New York to San
Francisco" as their logbook, the pilots
handed off their sack of mail to the waiting pilot at the next stop. In the sacks
were postcards, with a special cancellation

78 | AOPA PILOT December 2020

FIRST LEG

Christopher Freeze, a Virginia-based
CFI, was chosen for the first leg. He flew
a Cessna 182 from Republic to Bellefonte,
Pennsylvania, early on the morning of
September 8. Other volunteer pilots flew
the additional legs, ending September 12
in California.
Freeze was one of the more than three
dozen pilots who volunteered to reenact
the first transcontinental crossing of the
U.S. mail in an airplane. Dressed in a coat
and tie for the first leg, he did not look like
the daredevil pilots of yesteryear.
"As both a pilot and history buff, I could
not be more proud or happy to be a part of

this commemoration of airmail history, and
I was thrilled to be given the role of carrying the first leg's payload," said Freeze.
"The airmail system that these flights established became the basis for which reliable
transportation via the skies became possible, and formed the powerful economic
engine that is the modern airline industry."
The first airmail pilots-called "cowboys of the air," "mavericks of the sky," and
"a suicide club"-were often daring World
War I aces who risked their lives to prove
that flying the mail was viable. Between
1918 and 1925, 35 airmail pilots were killed
flying the mail. Max Miller, a 25-yearold pilot, died in 1920 when his all-metal
Junkers caught fire and crashed. Witnesses
said they saw him throwing bags of mail
out the window before the crash.

LEFT: SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND
SPACE MUSEUM (NASM 89-7061).

AIRMAIL PILOTS circa 1920 (above)
were daredevils. The "scene stealer,"
a restored Pitcairn Mailwing that
was not participating in the event
(but onlookers assumed was), landed
at Bellefonte Airport ahead of Freeze
in his Cessna (above right). Freeze and
Bellefonte officials (far right).

stamp, collected by Young Eagles and
Scouts across the country.



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