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Photograph of Army Air Corps pilots Maj. Reuben Fleet and Lt. George Boyle

Description:

Major Reuben Fleet of the Army Air Corps (left) and Lieutenant George Boyle (right) standing near a Curtiss Jenny (JN-4H) airplane on May 15, 1918. Major Fleet was tasked by the US Army and the Post Office Department with arranging the first regularly schedule airmail service flights in the United States. The flights began on May 15, 1918 with flights between Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New York City. Major Fleet and Lt. Boyle were photographed at Washington’s temporary airmail field on the polo grounds near the Potomac River.

The pair are admiring Major Fleet’s new wristwatch. The Hamilton Watch company presented each of the Army Air Corps airmail pilots with a new wristwatch in honor of their historic flights.

National Postal Museum, Benjamin Lipsner Collection

Photographer: Unknown

Date:
May 15, 1918
Medium:
paper; photo-emulsion
Museum ID:
A.2008-17
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Credits:
National Postal Museum, Benjamin Lipsner Collection
Photographer: Unknown


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  • Photograph of airmail pilot Shirley J. Short
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Warren D. Williams
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Wesley Smith
  • Photograph of airmail pilot William Carroll
  • Photograph of airmail pilot William Fillmore
  • Photograph of airmail pilots Edison Mouton and Rexford Levisee
  • Photograph of Army Air Corps pilots Maj. Reuben Fleet and Lt. George Boyle
  • Photograph of Army pilot Lt. Torrey Webb on first day of airmail service
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