Contract Pilots

Did you know
...that the first airplane used by U.S. airmail pilots had a top speed of only 80 miles per hour?
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In 1926, the Post Office Department began transferring airmail responsibility to private companies. Dozens of aviation companies were sprouting up, and most sought airmail contracts to maintain a steady income for their survival and growth. The new airlines hired ex-postal pilots as well as flyers who had not yet had to fly to the dictates of schedule maintenance.

Fad to Fundamental: Airmail in America