HISTORIC AIRPLANES: de Havilland
Workhorse of the Postal Service
It could fight winds and weather
and carry heavier loads.
Lee" on the de Havilland mail airplane
We had quite a system worked out
to make sure we got away on schedule. We had a dozen DHs
lined up and we went down the line trying each ship. When
we found one that would start we threw our mail in the cockpit
and were off.
lighthearted view of the pilots' flight assignments
In 1918 the Post Office Department requested 100 de Havilland
airplanes, model DH-4, from the army. Created by Geoffrey
de Havilland, these airplanes had been built both in England
and the United States during the last years of the war. Like
most of the 2,500 fighter airplanes built in the United States
by 1918, few DH-4 aircraft even saw battle.
The de Havilland began to retire from Air Mail
Service in 1926 when the Post Office Department began to contract
the service from private carriers.
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Havilland Workhorse of the Postal Service.