US Airmail Service Begins

Title

US Airmail Service Begins

Description

The first airplane carrying US mail left the Washington Polo Grounds, now in West Potomac Park, on May 15, 1918. The US Post Office Department created air mail service to speed up the delivery of mail traveling between Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. President Woodrow Wilson presided at this event that drew a large crowd of spectators to the southwest end of the Mall. US Army Lieutenant George L. Boyle piloted the inaugural flight, but it never reached Philadelphia. Boyle crash landed near Waldorf, Maryland. After a rough first day, the post office began moving mail by planes regularly.

Source

Internal Archive, National Parks Service.

Date

05/15/1918

Coverage

Event Sort Date

19180515

Description

The first airplane carrying US mail left the Washington Polo Grounds, now in West Potomac Park, on May 15, 1918. The US Post Office Department created air mail service to speed up the delivery of mail traveling between Washington, Philadelphia, and New York. President Woodrow Wilson presided at this event that drew a large crowd of spectators to the southwest end of the Mall. US Army Lieutenant George L. Boyle piloted the inaugural flight, but it never reached Philadelphia. Boyle crash landed near Waldorf, Maryland. After a rough first day, the post office began moving mail by planes regularly.

Date

05/15/1918

Coverage

1890-1919

Source

Internal Archive, National Parks Service.