Mouton, E. E. "Monte"
Mail Service Began:
||September 8, 1920
Mail Service Ended:
||May 22, 1927
||November 1, 1920 –
Salt Lake City
||December 16, 1921 - Reno,
On September 11, 1920 airmail pilot Edison E.
Mouton landed at San Francisco's Marino Field at 2:33
pm with the first cross-country airmail.
SAN FRANCISCO GETS
FIRST MAIL BY AIR
Airplane Which left New York Wednesday Morning Arrived at
2:33 P.M. Yesterday.
Special to the New
SAN FRANCISCO, September 11.—Airplane No. 151 of the
United States Aerial Mail Service landed at Marina Field,
near the Presidio, this afternoon at 2:33 o'clock.
It covered the last 250 miles of the trip from Reno, Nevada,
in one hour and fifty-eight minutes, and thereby broke all
previous records for the same distance.
E. Mouton of Oakland, Cal., brought the machine in against
a head wind. As soon as he landed, the six bags of mail
were put on an automobile truck for distribution at the
main post office. Postmaster Charles Fay and Colonel William
V. Morgan, head of the postal air service on the coast,
warmly greeted Mouton and later escorted him to the Olympic
Club. Two bags of air mail left here on the 4 o'clock
train for Washington, and one for Oregon, the other three
remain in California.
J. Woodward left Lovelock this morning at
8 o'clock as pilot of No. 151, but was obliged to
descend soon after, and Mouton took his place. Mouton was
formerly with the Lafayette Squadron in France and later
a general test pilot with the A.E.F.
"We have definitely decided to send
almost al San Francisco first class mail to New York by
aerial mail," said Postmaster Fay this evening.
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(top left) Forced landing report, September
(top right) Airplane crashed on Mt. Rose
(bottom right) Mouton