AIRMAIL CREATES AN INDUSTRY:
A Bold Venture and Public Failure
Postal officials, eager to prove the usefulness
of a New York – Chicago flyway, excitedly trumpeted
the September 1918 path-finding flights as pure success, when
they were anything but. Only Eddie Gardner's return
trip from Chicago to New York was made in a day, and it ended
in a crash that injured Gardner and his passenger and mechanic, Ed Radel. Nevertheless,
reckless officials promised an operational flyway between
New York City, Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois within
a month. That promise had to be extended until December, and
yet even then, neither aircraft nor weather would cooperate.
Although the pilots tried to make the schedule work, the entire
plan was an utter failure.
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