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File #: 180473    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/10/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/10/2018
Title: Honoring and recognizing the Centennial Celebration of the Nation's First Regularly Scheduled Air Mail Delivery.
Sponsors: Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Henon
Attachments: 1. Signature18047300.pdf

Title

Honoring and recognizing the Centennial Celebration of the Nation’s First Regularly Scheduled Air Mail Delivery.

 

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WHEREAS, Attempts to begin an airmail service began as early as 1912 as the airplane was developing into a practical means of transportation, however it was not until 1916 that sufficient government funds became available for such a program; and

 

WHEREAS, In the wake of WWI the famous US Army Air Service Curtiss “Jenny” trainer planes received a new mission; and

 

WHEREAS, These planes were scheduled to deliver mail regularly between New York, Philadelphia, and Washington; and

 

WHEREAS, Army pilots made history with the very first airmail being delivered along the New York to Philadelphia to Washington route, including the stop at Bustleton Airfield, which is known as the birth of commercial aviation; and

 

WHEREAS, This delivery took place on May 15, 1918 on a 218 mile route, which delivered one round trip six days a week; and

 

WHEREAS, This route was used by the Army pilots until August 10, 1918 when the United States Post Service would take over the program utilizing their own planes and pilots; and

 

WHEREAS, The modern airline industry that exists presently would not be possible without the direct outgrowth of the early pioneers in the commercial airmail industry and their staunch efforts to succeed; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, That the Council of the City of Philadelphia, Does hereby honor and recognize the Centennial Celebration of the Nation’s First Regularly Scheduled Air Mail Delivery.

 

FURTHER RESOLVED, That an Engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to the Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History as evidence of the sincere respect and admiration of this legislative body for hosting and leading the Centennial Celebration.

 

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