First US Airmail Flight
On May 15, 1918, America’s airmail service began when two Curtiss Jenny’s departed New York and Washington, DC.
As a new form of transportation, early flight was a pioneering effort that suffered from a near-complete lack of precedent. More than a decade after Orville Wright’s historic 1903 flight, aircraft mechanics, instructors, and flight schools were still virtually non-existent. But as World War I engulfed the globe, many were soon convinced that air supremacy was the key to victory.