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Telegram to Praeger on September 6, 1918

Description:

Capt. Benjamin B. Lipsner wired Second Assistant Postmaster General Otto Praeger in Washington, D.C., that he expected pilot Max Miller to leave Cleveland, Ohio, at noon, followed by Edward Gardner. Lipsner’s copy of a Western Union telegram expressed optimism for the New York-to-Chicago pathfinder flights, stating how “great the test is for aviators and planes.” He would wire Praeger when the pilots arrived.

According to Aerial Mail Service by A. D. Jones, Miller departed Cleveland at 1:35 p.m., for Bryan, Ohio, and from there to Chicago. Edward V. “Turk” Gardner arrived in Cleveland at 3:00 p.m. and took off shortly thereafter.

Miller made three unscheduled landings on the way from Cambridge, Ohio, to Cleveland because of radiator problems. By September 6, 1918, however, after a night at the Hotel Statler and with his radiator repaired at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Factory in Cleveland, he was ready to set-out for Bryan, Ohio, then onto Chicago. Gardner, on the other hand, spent the night of September 5, 1918, in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, to repair a leaking gas line.

Reference:

Jones, A.D. Aerial Mail Service: A Chronology of the Early United States Government Air Mail March. Mineola, NY: American Air Mail Society, 1993.

Date:
September 6, 1918
Markings:
Flying / Official Publication / Aero Club of America / Aero Club of Pennsylvania / Aero Club of Illinois / Aerial League of America / Pan-American Aeronautic Federation / 280 Madison Ave. / New York City / Pilot / Aerial Mail / Edward V. Gardner / Max Miller / Pilot / U.S. Aerial Mail / "Good work" / Augustus Post / Secretary Aero Club of America / BB Lipsner / supt U.S. aerial mail division / "I should say it was / good work" / Cancel: N.Y.CHIC. / Aeromail / 9-5-1918 / First Trip / Cancel: Chicago, ILL. / Sep 7 / 9 AM / Special Del Sec / 1918 /(on verso)
Medium:
paper; ink; adhesive
Dimensions:
10.2 x 24.1 cm (4 x 9 1/2 in.)
Museum ID:
1982.0157.752
Place:
District of Columbia

Additional Records
  • Telegram to Benjamin Lipsner, September 6, 1918
  • Telegram to Benjamin Lipsner, September 9, 1918
  • Telegram to Chicago postmaster, September 6, 1918
  • Telegram to Cryder on September 5, 1918
  • Telegram to Harry Hartung, September, 1918
  • Telegram to Henry Woodhouse, September 4, 1918
  • Telegram to John Jordan, September 5, 1918
  • Telegram to Otto Praeger, September 4, 1918
  • Telegram to Otto Praeger, September 5, 1918
  • Telegram to Postmaster Lock Haven , Sept. 4, 1918
  • Telegram to Praeger on September 5, 1918
  • Telegram to Praeger on September 6, 1918
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