AIRMAIL CREATES AN INDUSTRY:
The Postal Service Takes Over
the beginning, Second Assistant Postmaster General Otto Praeger
knew that the success of airmail was not in proving mail could
be flown over ever-increasing distances, but that in proving
it could be flown on a regular schedule. Without Congressional
funding for the service, aided by wide-spread public support
and excitement, Praeger's vision was unobtainable.
The army turned operations of the airmail service
over to the Post Office Department in August. The department
hired army Captain Benjamin Lipsner, Major Fleet's second-in-command,
to run the service. Lipsner resigned his commission and became
the First Superintendent of the Air Mail Service. The first
flight operated by the Post Office Department took off from
College Park, Maryland, on August 12, 1918.
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York-Chicago pathfinding flights.