Telegram to Chicago postmaster, September 6, 1918
New York to Chicago pathfinder pilots, Max Miller and Edward V. “Turk” Gardner, departed Cleveland, Ohio, on September 6, 1918. Cleveland Postmaster William J. Murphy wired the postmaster of Chicago in a 25-word telegram sent at 3:30 p.m. and received at 3:46 p.m.
The first airplane, Miller flying the Standard JR-1B, took off from Cleveland at 1:55 p.m. carrying 382 letters. The second plane, Gardner with mechanic Edward C. Radel in the two-seat Curtiss R4-1M, departed Cleveland at 3:00 p.m. [or at 3:49 p.m.]. Murphy described weather conditions as “ideal.”
Jones, A.D. Aerial Mail Service: A Chronology of the Early United States Government Air Mail March. Mineola, NY: American Air Mail Society, 1993.