AIRMAIL CREATES AN INDUSTRY:
NY - Chicago
On January 13, 1919, "Aerial Age Weekly"
quoted Second Assistant Postmaster General Otto Praeger's
new pledge to open the New York City – Chicago flyway.
Speaking of the first attempt, he said "very few people
realize what an undertaking this is . . . the task is stupendous.
This has never been attempted, either in America or in any
other country of the world." Having learned a lesson,
Praeger declined to announce a specific start date for the
and his people had been hard at work making the changes necessary
to realize a permanent New York – Chicago flyway since
November. The hard work had paid off. On May 15, 1919, a year
to the day after airmail service began, the postal service
opened the Cleveland – Chicago portion of the flyway.
The New York – Cleveland segment opened on July 1, 1919.
The new service was not without problems, crashes and even
deaths, but it was here to stay.
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- Chicago Route.