In front: Addison Pemberton's 1929 Stearman 4D; rear: Jeff Hamilton's Sterman 4E. PHOTOS PROVIDED/ OREGON AVIATION HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The inaugural flight of the United States Airmail service took place in the foggy wee hours of May 15, 1918 in an early Curtiss Jenny training aircraft, which flew a route from Washington DC to New York City.
Fifty years later, a 1929 Fleet 2 biplane hangared at Walker Army Airfield in Walker, Kansas - then the oldest registered aircraft in the state of Oregon - was chosen to fly a commemorative . . .