AIRMAIL CREATES AN INDUSTRY:
Building the Foundation
The progress being
made in the science of aviation encourages the hope that
ultimately the regular conveyance of mail by this means
may be practical.
Postmaster General Hitchcock, Post Office Department Annual Report for 1911.
A useless expenditure
Representative Joseph Cannon (R-IL) on a proposal to fund an experimental airmail service, April
1911, Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock enthusiastically
promoted Earle Ovington's airmail flights, even swearing
him in as the first U.S. airmail pilot. The few flights Ovington
made that fall were designed to generate enthusiasm for the
idea of transporting mail by air. Despite Hitchcock's
attempts to attract funding, Congress was reluctant to pay
for an experiment when no aircraft yet existed capable of
carrying mail between towns on a regular basis.
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