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Celebrating 100 years of airmail

Commemorative route flown from Creswell to Cottage Grove


May 24, 2018


In front: Addison Pemberton's 1929 Stearman 4D; rear: Jeff Hamilton's Sterman 4E.

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 Airmail route on May 16, 1968 from Creswell to Eugene to celebrate 50 years of U.S. Airmail.

Clyde Blakely was the owner and pilot on that route and carried several hundred commemorative covers. Thi...

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