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First helicopter mail sack


Beginning August 20, 1949, Air Mail Route No. 96 was the Chicago area helicopter service. On the inaugural flight, Wes Moore of the Helicopter Air Sevice, Inc. carried this mail pouch of domestic U.S. airmail from the roof of the Chicago Post Office to the airmail service field at Midway Airport.

On June 2,1947, helicopters became an official part of the U.S. airmail fleet. The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) certified the operation of airmail helicopters in Los Angeles, California. Airmail helicopter tests had been conducted in L.A., Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City and New York City prior to these first official flights.

August 20, 1949
DOMESTIC / U.S. AIR MAIL / (1) TO: CAPT. BEN LIPSNER / FROM: WES MOORE PILOT / 1st HELICOPTER FLIGHT/From/GPO Chicago to midway airport/ Aug 20, 1949 label holder: US MAIL
cotton; leather; metal
0.5 x 25 x 32 in (1.3 x 63.5 x 81.3 cm)
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Additional Records
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  • Vietnam-era experimental mailbag
  • Church Street Post Office mail sack
  • Church Street Post Office mail sack
  • First helicopter mail sack
  • Mail pouch from first airmail flight over the North Pole
  • Mail sack
  • Mail sack
  • Railway Post Office mail sack label
  • Mail tray
  • Managed mail tray and sleeve
  • Transorma mail sorting machine sign

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