Reed, Ralph A.
Mail Service Began:
||June 7, 1920
Mail Service Ends:
||February 6, 1921
||College Park, Maryland
||July 1, 1920 – Chicago,
On November 16, 1920, pilot Ralph Reed was flying
the Salt Lake City, Utah to Chicago, Illinois route. About
6½ miles southwest of Rantoul, Illinois, at about 1,000
feet, his motor cut out. In trying to make a nearby field,
Reed hit a fence with his lower right wing. That swung the
ship around causing him to land just inside the field. Damage included
a broken lower right wing, propeller, landing gear, struts,
Reed was suspended by Second Assistant Postmaster
General Otto Praeger after this accident, pending investigation.
He left the service shortly thereafter.