PILOT STORIES: James C.
Although he had little flight experience when
hired, James C. Edgerton proved to be an excellent pilot.
A month after the service started, postal officials lauded
Edgerton for having made 20 perfect flights without " a
stop en route, and without damaging a airplane." As an army
airmail pilot, Edgerton flew 52 trips over a total of 7,155 miles, spending 107 hours in the air and making only one forced landing. When the Post Office Department took over
airmail service, Edgerton moved up in their ranks, becoming
the Chief of Flying.
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