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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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Document stating the Army is to give mail to commercial companies  
   
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(top left) Army to give mail to commercial companies
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