Seward, Franklin M.
Mail Service Began:
||March 3, 1923
Mail Service Ended:
||March 31, 1923
||March 5, 1923 – Maywood,
Frank Seward was born on May 5, 1900 to Thomas
and Annie Seward in Ridgeley, Maryland. Seward spent a year
at West Point Military Academy and learned flying in the military.
He joined the service on March 3, 1923. His flying abilities were not up to rigid demands of the service, and he was dismissed before the month was out.
While serving as an airmail pilot, Seward became
friends with fellow pilot John Milatzo, who was released from
the service on March 27, 1923. The two joined up together
again and established Kokomo Aviation Corporation. The company
did not do as well as they hoped for, and in a few months the pair were seeking reinstatement to the Air Mail
Service. In a letter to Second Assistant Postmaster General Egge,
Seward noted, "Since being relieved as pilot in Air
Mail Service, we have been flying for private individuals."
He goes on to say, "We deeply appreciate your past interest
in us, and only hope that we may have the opportunity of making
good on the Air Mail." In spite of his added experience
and request, Seward was not rehired by the postal service.
John Milatzo was rehired on April 3, 1924. Sadly, Milatzo
was killed three years later while flying as an airmail pilot.