C despitearuggedstartltboyleafter3months

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: ost Office requires its pilots to: Pass a qualifications exam Have 500 flying hours Pass periodic medical exams Post Office planes were routinely inspected with a 180 item checklist Engine inspections occurred every 100 hours Airframe inspections every 750 hours Airmail Airmail 1911 Government begins experimenting with air mail delivery 1916 $50,000 appropriated for trial airmail route 1918 $100,000 for purchase, operation, and maintenance of planes for use by the Post Office Originally planes and pilots provided by the Army as a training device for them Airmail Airmail The first route was between New York and Washington D.C. Despite a rugged start (Lt Boyle) after 3 months the Post Office had completed 88% of flights attempted – remember that there is no radio and no navaids at this time Mostly flown in Curtiss Jenny’s The WWI surplus Havilland D­4’s (with Liberty engines) Airmail Airmail The airmail did not operate when there was weather, or at night Two significant problems severely limited airmail’s potential Lack of instrumentation that would allow blind flying – manufacturer’s problem Lack of any navigational infrastructure – government problem By 1920 service extended westward to Omaha, Nebraska...
View Full Document

Ask a homework question - tutors are online