PILOT STORIES: DeHart,
||August 20, 1918
||July 27, 1919
||College Park, Maryland
||January 4, 1919 –
Belmont Park, New York
During his months as an airmail pilot, California-born
Dana C. DeHart had the service's best record with 191
trips, only 7 forced landings, and 5 uncompleted trips. Like
many of the other pilots, DeHart came to the service from
the Army. He joined the service only a few days after the
Post Office Department had taken control of it. On May 15,
1919, the New York Times
reported that DeHart had flown 101 legs of the New York –
Washington route, covering a distance of 21,300 miles.
Later that year, the New
York Times congratulated DeHart on breaking a speed
record, flying from New York to Washington in just two hours
and 12 minutes.
AIR MAIL BREAKS RECORDS.
De Hart Makes Washington-to-New
York Flight in Quick Time
D. C. De Hart, the California aviator who recently joined
the staff of the Aerial Mail Service, made two records in
his flight from Washington to Belmont Park yesterday. He
left the Capital at 11:40 yesterday morning with 210 pounds
of mail, and arrived at Bustleton Station, Philadelphia,
at 1:03 o'clock in the afternoon, or one hour and
twenty-three minutes for this leg of the route. Leaving
Philadelphia at 1:11 o'clock, he landed in Belmont
Park field at just 2 o'clock, or forty-nine minutes
for the ninety miles of this part of the trip, and two hours
and twelve minutes elapsed time for the complete trip from
is the best time yet made by any flier, civilian or army,
and the time between Washington and Philadelphia of one
hour and twenty-three minutes is also the fastest yet made.
De Hart's time from Philadelphia to Belmont Park was
virtually a record, since it has only been beaten by a Liberty
motor, forty-two minutes being the record time in this class.
De Hart flew in one of the smaller Curtiss airplanes.
DeHart died in San Mateo, California on July 16, 1975 at age 89.
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