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Transcontinental 1918: New York-San Fransisco; interim stops Cleveland OH, Iowa City IA; Cedar Rapids IA; Des Moines IA; Omaha NE; Lincoln NE; North Platte NE; Cheyenne WY; Rock Springs WY; Salt Lake City UT; Elko NV; Reno NV; Sacramento, CA; Post Office Pilots; Airmail Costs 1918-1925; Air Mail Service, Air Mail Saga  Photos

CAM #1 Web Page

July 1, 1926: New York NY-Boston MA; interim stop in Hartford; awarded: Colonial Air TransportApril 30, 1930 Time Table CAM #1 Covers

CAM #2 Web Page

April 15, 1926: Chicago IL-St. Louis MO; interim stops: Peoria, IL; Springfield, IL; awarded: Robertson Aircraft Corporation  Robertson Aircraft Corporation on Wikipedia  RAC Time table CAM #2 Covers
CAM #3 Web Page May 12, 1926: Chicago IL-Dallas TX; interim stops: Moline IL; Saint Joseph MO; Kansas City MO ; Wichita KS, Oklahoma City OK; Fort Worth TX; awarded; National Air Transport Inc. CAM #3 Covers
CAM #4 Web Page April 17, 1926: Los Angeles CA-Salt Lake City UT; interim stop: Las Vegas NV; awarded: Western Air Express, Inc.  Douglas M-2  CAM #4 Covers
CAM #5 Web Page April 6, 1926: Elko NV and Pasco WA; interim stop: Boise ID; awarded: Varney Air Lines  CAM #5 Covers
CAM #6 Web Page February 15, 1926: Detroit/Dearborn MI-Cleveland OH; awarded: Ford Transport Lines (Ford Motor Company)  CAM #6 Covers
CAM #7 Web Page February 15, 1926: Detroit/Dearborn MI-Chicago IL; awarded: Ford Transport Lines (Ford Motor Company)  CAM #7 Covers
CAM #8 Web Page

September 15, 1926: Seatle WA-San Diego CA; ¬†interim stops: Portland OR; Medford OR; San Francisco CA; Fresno CA; Bakersfield CA; with a train connection from Sacramento CA; awarded: Pacific Air Transport; July 1, 1927 Time TablePAT on Wikipedia  CAM #8 Covers

CAM #9 Web Page June 7, 1926: Chicago IL-Minneapolis MN; interim stops: Milwaukee WI; LaCrosse WI; awarded: Charles Dickinson; October 1, 1926: Northwest Airways CAM #9 Covers
CAM #10 Web Page April 1, 1926: Miami FL-Jacksonville FL; interim stops: Fort Myers FL; Tampa FL; awarded: Florida Airways  Candler Field  CAM #10 Covers
CAM #11 Web Page April 21, 1927: Cleveland OH-Pittsburgh PA; interim stops: Youngstown OH; Pittsburgh PA; McKeesport PA; awarded: Skyline Transportation Company; CAM #11 Covers
CAM #12 Web Page May 31, 1926 between Cheyenne WY-Pueblo CO; interim stops: Denver CO; Colorado Springs CO; awarded: Colorado Airways; CAM #12 Covers
CAM #13 Web Page July 1, 1926-November 1926: Philadelphia PA-Washington DC; interem stop: Norfork VA; awarded: Philadelphia Rapid Transit Air Service; CAM #13 Covers
CAM #14 Web Page Contract made the 31st day of July 1926.; Route: Detroit, Michigan to Grand Rapids, Michigan and return.; awarded Stout Air Services (Inc.);
CAM #15 Web Page July 1, 1926-November 1926: Philadelphia PA Navy Yard-Hoover Field Washington DC; awarded: Philadelphia Rapid Transit Air Service; CAM #15 Covers
CAM #16 Web Page Cleveland OH-Louisville KY; awarded: Continental Airlines Inc, Div Universal Aviation Corporation; CAM #16 Covers
CAM #17 Web Page September 1, 1927: New York NY-Chicago IL, interim stop Cleveland OH; awarded: National Air Transport; CAM #17 Covers
CAM #18 Web Page July 1, 1926: Chicago IL-San Francisco CA; interim stops: Iowa City IA; Cedar Rapids IA; Des Moines IA; Omaha NE; Lincoln NE; North Platte NE; Cheyenne WY; Rock Springs WY; Salt Lake City UT; Elko NV; Reno NV; Sacramento, CA; awarded: ¬†Boeing Air Transport  Boeing Model 40  Time table Images; CAM #18 Covers
CAM #19 Web Page May 1, 1928: New York NY-Atlanta GA; awarded Pitcairn Aviation  Pitcairn Mailwing; CAM #19 Covers
CAM #20 Web Page May 1927:Albany NY-Cleveland OH; awarded: Colonial Western Airways Fairchild FC-2  Commemorative Medal; CAM #20 Covers
CAM #21 Web Page November 12, 1927: Dallas TX-Galveston TX; awarded Texas Air Transport  PA-5; CAM #21 Covers
CAM #22 Web Page Dallas TX-Brownsville TX: awarded Texas Air Transport; CAM #22 Covers
CAM #23 Web Page August 20, 1927: Atlanta GA-New Orleans; awarded Gulf Coast Airways; CAM #23 Covers
CAM #24 Web Page December 17, 1927: Chicago IL- Cincinnati OH; interim stop: Indianapolis awarded Embry Riddle Co.; CAM #24 Covers
CAM #25 Web Page May 1, 1928: Atlanta GA-Miami FL; interim stop: St. Petersburg FL; awarded Pitcirn Aviation; CAM #25 Covers
CAM #26 Web Page Great Falls-Salt Lake City UT; awarded National Parks Airways; CAM #26 Covers
CAM #27 Web Page Bay City-Chicago IL; awarded Thompson Aeronautical Corp; CAM #27 Covers
CAM #28 Web Page St. Louis MO-Omaha NB; CAM #28 Covers
CAM #29 Web Page New Orleans LA-Houston TX; awarded: Southern Air Transport; CAM #29 Covers
CAM #30 Web Page Chicago-Atlanta GA; awarded Interstate Air Lines; CAM #30 Covers
CAM #31 Web Page New York and points east to and between Cicero Field (Midway) and Grant Park (waterfront) airports in Chicago IL.: awarded Curtiss Flying Service dicontinued after 90 days; CAM #31 Covers
CAM #32 Web Page Pasco WA-Seattle WA; Varney Air Lines; CAM #32 Covers
CAM #33 Web Page April 2, 1929: Atlanta GA-Los Angeles CA; interim stops: ; awarded Southern Air Fast Express; CAM #33 Covers
CAM #34 Web Page Oct 15, 1930 New York NY- Los Angeles CA; awarded: Transcontinental & Western; Time Table images; CAM #34 Covers

Links

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 5, No. 2, March 1921, page 13-16;  Air Mail Pilots Cross Country in 33 Hours 20 Minutes Flat

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 6, No. 1, August 1921, page 31:  Remodeled DH's for Air Mail

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 7, No. 1, November 1922, page 24:  Night Flying From Coast to Coast in 28 Hours By Colonel Paul Henderson

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 8, No. 5, May 1923, page 13:  Post Office Department Asks Bids for Air Mail, New Orleans LA-Pilottown LA

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 8, No.5, May 1923, page 32: Air Mail Service Schedule, New York to San Francisco

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 8, No.5, May 1923, page 56: Air Mail Developing Aces (transcontinental route)

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 8, No. 9, September 1923, page 9-17:  Night Air Mail Service From oast to Coast (has photos)

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 8, No. 9, September 1923, page 5:  (advertisment) Photo of U.S. Air Mail Field, Cheyenne WY.

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 8, No. 9, September 1923, page 30-32:  Night Flying Progress by M.L. Patterson

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 9, No. 12, December 1924, page 25-28:  Chicago-New York Night Air Mail Planned

Overnight Air Mail Service between New York and Chicago, to start early next spring, was announced, recently, by Carl F. Egge, General Superintendent of the Post Office Departmen's Air Mail Division, who has just completed his report to Col. Paul Henderson, Second Assistant Postmaster General, embracing plans for illuminating the 780-mile route and working out emergency landing fields.

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 10, No. 2, February 1925, page 4:  (advertisement)  U.S. Air Mail Plane at Emergency Landin Field

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 10, No. 4, April 1925, page 13-16:  Birds of the Night (page 15, shows "Views along the Route of Our Great Air Mail")

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 10, No. 4, April 1925, page 20:  The Curtiss "Carrier Pigen" to Operate Between New York and Chicago

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 10, No. 4, April 1925, page 48:  Overnight Airmail New York and Chicago announced by Postmater General New on March 5

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 10, No. 5, May 1925, page 48: New Air Mail Contracts

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 10, No. 6, June 1925, page 7:  (advertisement)  Only A Night's Flight

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 9, No.2, February 1925, page 34-38: The Gay White Way of the Air Mail

An Interview With Colonel Paul Henderson, in Charge of Air Mail by C. Moran. (has some great photos)

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 10, No. 6, June 1925, page 20:  New Air Mail Line to Start July 1

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 9, No.6, July 1924, page 7-15: The First Night Airways, Lieut. D. L. Bruner and Liewt. H.R. Harris A.S.

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 10, No. 7, July 1925, page 10-16:  Make Way for the New York-Chicago Night Air Mail

Never Before Has Night Flying Been Attempted as a Scheduled Undertaking Over Mountainous Regions

U.S. Air Service, Vol. X, No.7, July 1925, page 59:  (Advertisment)  GE Searchlights Guide the Night Air Mail (nice beacon photo)

U.S. Air Service, Vol. X, No.9, September 1925, page 31:  Photo of a B.B.T. dioptric 500 million Candle Power Flood Light

U.S. Air Service, Vol. X, No. 11, November 1925, page35:  Five Air Mail Routes Awarded to Private Corporations

Boston to New York Via Hartford:  The successful bidder is Colonial Air Lines, Inc., Naugatuck, Conn.
Chicago to St. Louis via Springfield: The successful bidder is Robertson Aircraft Corporation, St. Louis, Mo.
Chicago to Dallas and Ft. Worth:  The successful bidder is National Air Transport, Inc., of Chicago, Ill.
Chicago to Birmingham:  No award.
Chicago to Saint Paul and Minneapolis:  No award.
Salt Lake City to Los Angeles:  The successful bidder is Western Air Express, Inc., of Los Angeles.
Elko to Pasco:  The successful bidder is Walter T. Varney of San Francisco, Calif.
Seattle, Washington, to Los Angeles:  The bid of Vern C. Corst (Gorst) is now under consideration.

U.S. Air Service, Vol. 12, No. 8, December 1925, page 39-45:  Tales of the Air Mail Pilots, by Burt M. McConnell
Stories along the transcontinental airway. Pilots mentioned are: Claire K. Vance (photo), Slim Lewis, Wesley Smith, Robert H. Ellis (photo), Boonstra, Chandler, Huking, Blanchfield, Lester F. Bishop (photo),

Annual report of the Secretary of Commerce November 7, 1927, page 29

Program of Lighting:

Routes lighted by June 30, 1927

Transcontinental airway
New York-Boston
St. Louis-Chicago
Dallas-Chicago
Salt Lake-Pasco
Los Angeles-Salt Lake (partial)
Pueblo-Cheyenne (under contract)
Dallas-Chicago (under contract)

Routes to be lighted by June 30, 1928:

New York-Atlanta
Los Angeles-Seattle (partial)
Chicago-Twin Cities (partial)
Salt Lake-Pasco (partial)
San Francisco-Salt Lake
Los Angeles-Salt Lake (to complete)
Louisville-Cleveland

Routes to be considered for fiscal year 1929:

Cleveland-Detroit
Los Angeles-Seattle (to complete)
Chicago-Twin Cities (to complete)
Miami-Atlanta
Dallas-Galveston
Cleveland-Albany
Dallas-Laredo
New Orleans-Atlanta
Boston-Albany
New York-Albany
Atlanta-St. Louis via Birmingham and Memphis
St. Paul_Winnipeg (to United States border)
Albany-Montreal (to United States border)
Jacksonville-Savannah-Charleston-Norfolk (seaplane airway)
Pittsburgh-Cleveland
Key West-Miami
Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati
Birmingham-Louisville via Nashville
Tampa-Titusville

Annual report of the Secretary of Commerce November 7, 1927, page 30