AIRMAIL CREATES AN INDUSTRY:
From Public to Private
The Air Mail Act, passed on February 2, 1925,
recognized the leadership role of the postal service in the
aviation field. The act was created to "encourage commercial
aviation and to authorize the postmaster general to contract
for the mail service." This legislation, combined with
the Air Commerce Act of 1926 signaled the beginning of the
U.S. commercial aviation industry.
work done between 1918-1926 paved the way for commercial aviation.
Airmail, which began as one more fad in the early days of
aviation survived scattered experimental failures and successes
to become an essential element of the mail transportation