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Photograph of airmail pilot Reuben Wagner

Description:

Reuben Wagner served as a pilot for the Post Office Department's airmail service from April 23, 1923 to June 30, 1927. During those years he was stationed first at the Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois, airmail fields. In 1924 he was transferred to the Omaha, Nebraska airfield. In October 1929 Wagner took part in the fifth National Air Tour. Wagner flew a Boeing 95 with a Pratt & Whitney Hornet 535 horse power engine. Wagner ended the race towards the back of the pack, winning $200 for his efforts (top prize was $2500). The race covered much of the east coast and Midwest, with flyers traveling a circular route from Dearborn, Michigan to Montreal, Canada, and from Portland, Maine to Jacksonville, Florida, Wichita, Kansas, and St. Paul, Minnesota before heading back to Dearborn. The race was won by pilot John Livingston, who flew a Waco CSO aircraft with a 225 horse power Wright J6-7 engine.

National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

Photographer: Unknown

Date:
September 1, 1929
Medium:
paper; photo-emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width (unframed): 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)
Museum ID:
A.2009-18
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Credits:
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection
Photographer: Unknown

Additional Records
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Max Miller and superintendent Benjamin Lipsner
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Paul Collins
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Paul Collins and bag of first overnight airmail
  • Photograph of airmail pilot Reuben Wagner
  • 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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