OBJECT SHOWCASE: August
The Post Office Department hired army Captain
Benjamin Lipsner, Major Fleet's second-in-command to run the
service that began that August. Lipsner resigned his commission
and became the First Superintendent of the Air Mail Service.
The first flight operated by the Post Office Department took
off from College Park, Maryland, on August 12, 1918.
Here are some envelopes from those first August
Learn more about the first postal pilots.
Learn more about the August 1918 flights.