AIRMAIL CREATES AN INDUSTRY:
The Army Takes Command
It had been 16 years since army pilots had flown
airline routes. They were unfamiliar with the mail routes.
To make matters worse, the weather at the time they took over
the deliveries in February 1934 was terrible. There were a
number of accidents as the pilots flew practice runs and began
carrying the mail, leading to newspaper headlines that forced
President Roosevelt to retreat from his plan only a month
after he had turned the mail over to the army.
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