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AIRMAIL CREATES AN INDUSTRY: Who's in Charge? (Praeger versus the Army)

As World War I came to a close in November 1918, army officials began to look at airmail service as a way to keep their pilots' skills honed in practice. Working with senators friendly to their cause, the U.S. Army came close to snatching the service away from the Post Office Department. Burleson and Praeger fought hard to keep airmail and were victorious in the end.

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