The daily diary entries from Ruth Catherine McKenzie McCoy. Her daughter, author Fran Baker, has included photos, historic notes and "old-time" recipes following the entries. Readers are welcome to comment.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Monday, March 12, 1934
Daddy took Virginia, Beatrice and me to school. Nadine came to the library, but Pauline didn't.
March 12, 1934 - Lieutenants E.C. Plummer (left) and H.M. McCoy preparing
for an airmail flight at Newark, New Jersey, airfield.
The first regularly scheduled airmail service began in the U.S. on May 15, 1918. The Post
Office Department (POD) oversaw the service, but having no reservoir of experienced
pilots, looked to U.S. Army Air Corps pilots to fly the mail for the first three months. On
August 12, 1918, the POD took over full control of the service, using its own pilots. The
Department transferred responsibility for airmail service over to private companies in the
late 1920s through a series of acts aimed at using postal funds to support the nation’s
fledgling aviation industry. Young aviation companies snatched up most of the postal
pilots, who were greatly prized for their mail flying experience.