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PILOT STORIES: Mouton, E. E. "Monte"

Air Mail Service Began: September 8, 1920
Air Mail Service Ended: May 22, 1927
Total Hours Flown: 3804.54
Total Miles Flown: 369,730
Assignments: San Francisco
  November 1, 1920 – Salt Lake City
  December 16, 1921 - Reno, Nevada

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.

Airplane Which left New York Wednesday Morning Arrived at 2:33 P.M. Yesterday.
Special to the
New York Times
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.

Did you know?E. 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.

Forced landing report, September 15, 1926 Airplane crashed on Mt. Rose
  Monte Mouton
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(top left) Forced landing report, September 15, 1926

(top right) Airplane crashed on Mt. Rose

(bottom right) Mouton
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