Learning that Delivers:
Site Guide for Teachers and Parents
|Map of Omaha, Nebraska drawn by airmail pilot Farr Nutter features railroad tracks, the Missouri River, and an airfield.
- Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration
The early years of America's airmail service
unfolds into a story of ingenuity, resourcefulness, courage,
and innovation that characterizes the pioneering era of aviation.
It is a history that encompasses the adaptation of new technology and devotion to challenging work. Explore
these topics, review the objectives of the activities, and
follow the links and resources to learn more on the subject.
Objectives, Subjects & Age Level for Activities
Ideas for Activities
the Clouds: The Airplanes, you will read about early airplanes
used by the Post Office. You can learn the parts of an airplane,
color a printable page, and test your memory with an on-line
airmail stamp activity.
the Seat of Their Pants: The Pilots will give you a sense
of flying an air route and some of the hazards pilots may
have faced. You will learn about the life of a pilot by completing a rebus, reading an adventure story, and applying your new-found knowledge to finishing a logbook entry and a replicated version of an official airmail form.
Innovation is a recurring theme in the history
of airmail and flight. Explore the creativity of the airmail
pioneers through the Aviation Innovation topics and invent
your own solutions to everyday problems.
and Today & Can You Predict?
Changes the de Havilland DH-4 & Make It Better
by the Seat of Your Pants & Doing Your Best
If you wish to delve deeper, look for the many
links to the main history section of this website.