PILOT STORIES: The First
An airmail pilot's life span was a matter
of skill and, more often, luck. Of the first four pilots hired
in 1918 by the U.S. Post Office Department, one died in an
airmail crash, and another died from injuries sustained in a crash.
A third pilot survived a number of airmail crashes only to
die while barnstorming after leaving the service. Only one
of these four postal pilots survived the service to die of