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Aircraft Used by the US Airmail Service

Duing the formative years of Government Airmail Service, a number of airframes were used to fly the mail. Among the more successful designs were the JN-4H, the DH-4B, and the JR-1B.

Airmail Curtiss JN-4H 'Jenny' airplanes at Washington, DC
Photographer: Unknown
Date created: 1918
Two Curtis JN-4H airmail planes parked at the temporary airmail field at Washington, DC’s Polo Field, a small strip of grassy land between the Tidal Basin and Potomac River.
National Postal Museum, Benjamin Lipsner Collection

The Curtiss JN-4H.

de Havilland DH-4 Airplane

The De Havilland DH-4B.

JR-1B mail airplane designed by the Standard Aircraft Corporation
Photographer: Unknown
Date created: 1918
A JR-1B mail airplane on an airfield. The airplane was one of six the Post Office Department purchased from the Standard Aircraft Corporation of Plainfield, New Jersey. Airmail pilot Max Miller painted a U.S. mailbag on the side of this airplane, numbered 1.
National Postal Museum, Benjamin Lipsner Collection

The Standard JR-1B.