OBJECT SHOWCASE: May 15,
The world's first regularly scheduled Air Mail
Service began on May 15, 1918. That morning, pilots readied
to fly mail between Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
and New York City. The army continued to manage the service
for the next three months. In early August, the Post Office
Department took over the airmail service and ran it through
Examples of envelopes from the May 15, 1918
Learn more about the Army pilots who flew the flights on May 15, 1918.
Learn more about the creation of the first regularly scheduled airmail service.