First Air Mail Flight Marker

Title

First Air Mail Flight Marker

Description

Commemorating the first air mail flight connecting Washington, Philadelphia, and New York, the Aero Club of Washington placed this plaque in 1958 to mark the 40th anniversary of that flight. Following 52 experimental flights by the Post Office Department in 1911 and 1912, the first extended test of airmail service occurred in May 1918, when the US Army and the Post Office Department together set up an experimental line between New York and Washington, DC using army pilots.

Source

National Park Service. View original.

Date

05/18/1958 (Erected)

Coverage

Physical Description

A plaque on a large rock approximately a foot tall.

Type

Description

Commemorating the first air mail flight connecting Washington, Philadelphia, and New York, the Aero Club of Washington placed this plaque in 1958 to mark the 40th anniversary of that flight. Following 52 experimental flights by the Post Office Department in 1911 and 1912, the first extended test of airmail service occurred in May 1918, when the US Army and the Post Office Department together set up an experimental line between New York and Washington, DC using army pilots.

Creator

Aero Club of Washington

Date

05/18/1958 (Erected)

Coverage

1950-1979

Source

National Park Service. View original.