STORIES: Smith, Arthur Roy
Mail Service Began:
||April 1, 1923
Mail Service Ended:
||February 12, 1926
Arthur Smith took part in the August 21-24,
1923 experimental day and night transcontinental service, carrying mail from Cleveland to Chicago on the first day
of the service. Smith was a long-time flyer, having flown
as an exhibition pilot at the 1915 San Francisco World's
Fair, and later at Tokyo, Japan.
Quiet, steady, and dependable, Smith was on the opposite
end of the spectrum of show-off pilots like Hopson and Pomery.
Sadly, Smith was killed on February 12, 1926
when the Curtiss Carrier Pigeon aircraft he was flying from
Chicago to Bryan, Ohio, hit a grove of trees near Montpelier,