History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

04 June, 2011

By Air Mail

More photographs of those postal men and their flying machines. The sequel, of course, to this blog's first airmail post .

The first day of airmail service in the United States, May 15, 1918, with pilot Lt. Torrey Webb. Source

Unloading the first airmail plane to fly across the continent in 1924, at Omaha, Nebraska. Source

Pilot Eddie Gardner with his plane, 1918. Source

Pilot Robert Shank (one of the first four airmail pilots) after a crash, 1918. Source

The airmail field and hangar at Omaha, Nebraska, 1927. Source

Airmail plane taking off, undated. Source

Photograph of pilot Arthur Roy Smith, who flew for the airmail service from 1923 until his death in a crash in 1926. Despite the skill of the pilots, crashes were sometimes unavoidable and several pilots were killed in the decade of airmail.  Source

Pilot John F. Milanzo, c. 1924. He flew with the airmail service from 1923-1927, when he sadly became the last pilot killed while working for the airmail service, his plane crashing in an April snowstorm. Source

Pilot Lt. James Edgerton and his sister, 1918. Edgerton was one of a group of army pilots who were the first to fly mail for the Postal Service. Source

Pilot William Carroll, c.1921. Sadly, in February of that year he and two other men were killed when their airmail plane burst into flames and crashed. Source

Pilot William C. Hopson in winter flying gear, c.1926. Source

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I want to fly in a biplane, hopefully not in a snowstorm though. Some of those pilots looked like movie stars.

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