100 years of regular US airmail flights
The US Postal Service is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the beginning of regular airmail services with a second stamp. It will be issued in College Park MD on 11 August and will commemorate US Air Mail as an official function of the Post Office department. Both stamps depict the type of plane typically used in the early days of airmail, a Curtiss JN-4H biplane. The biplane also featured on a 24¢ stamp originally issued in 1918 to commemorate the beginning of scheduled airmail service.
The photo shows the first civilian airmail flight operated on 12 August 1918. Pilot Max Miller, one of the first civilians hired by the Post Office, took off that day from College Park airfield (which replaced Washington's tree-ringed polo ground as the city's airfield) and headed for Philadelphia. (ah)