Air Mail 100

Commemorating the Centennial of the Launch of U.S. Transcontinental Air Mail Service

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AIR MAIL 100 STORY

On September 8, 1920, a DH-4 biplane lifted off in the early morning from a grass air strip east of New York City on Long Island, beginning a grand experiment to carry mail from the East Coast to the West in a series of hops across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and points west. Regional air mail service had commenced two years earlier linking New York and Washington, D.C. By 1919, 400 HP deHavillands where regularly carrying mail sacks between Omaha and Chicago, but the September flight that now pointed its nose towards the distant Hudson would link an entire continent, but not without financial cost and human sacrifice. Those first pilots called themselves "The Suicide Club."

Air Mail 100 will commemorate that historic event, which led within the decade to the commencement of commercial passenger air service. With the encouragement of several of the nation's leading general aviation organizations, we have organized a series of volunteer flights linking the sixteen original transfer points, only seven of which continue today as active airports. The other nine have been "lost" to sands of progress, hidden under golf courses, urban shopping centers, hospital parking lots, and poetically, wind-swept grass fields again.

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VOLUNTEERS The Organizers

Meet Our Volunteer Team

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Dorian Walker

DH-4 Pilot

Dorian is the catalyst behind the re-construction of Dutch Girl, a restored World War One era DH-4

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Bill Moore

Private Pilot/Lead Organizer

Bill is the editor of EVWorld.com and originator of the Air Mail 100 project. Facebook || LinkedIn

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Glenn Peck

DH-4 Pilot

Glenn is a professional vintage aircraft restorer and flies a fully restored DH-4 in U.S. Air Mail livery.

Join The Adventure With Us

We're looking for sponsors and local volunteers at each of the waypoint towns and cities to help organize commemorative celebrations. And of course, we're looking for volunteer pilots and planes to fly at least one of the segments, meeting the west-bound planes to transfer the centennial mail bag.

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