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Medium:
cotton; leather; metal
Dimensions:
0.5 x 25 x 32 in (1.3 x 63.5 x 81.3 cm)
Type:
Mail Processing Equipment
Place:
Illinois
Date:
August 20, 1949
Description:
Beginning August 20, 1949, Air Mail Route No. 96 was the Chicago area helicopter service. On the inaugural flight, Wes Moore of the Helicopter Air Sevice, Inc. carried this mail pouch of domestic U.S. airmail from the roof of the Chicago Post Office to the airmail service field at Midway Airport.
On June 2,1947, helicopters became an official part of the U.S. airmail fleet. The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) certified the operation of airmail helicopters in Los Angeles, California. Airmail helicopter tests had been conducted in L.A., Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City and New York City prior to these first official flights.
Topic:
Benjamin B. Lipsner Airmail Collection  Search this
The Cold War (1945-1990)  Search this
Mail Processing  Search this
Object number:
1982.0157.518
See more items in:
National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/hm814957af7-d4e2-4e2a-b57e-26dbaeb7b63a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npm_1982.0157.518