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Unformatted text preview: nes might Lack find their way at night or in inclement weather conditions find 1919 - Pilots began to invent their own instruments to fly “blind.” “Wild Bill” Hopson was an Airmail Pilot, “The Man” at the time. Wesley Smith used the half empty bottle as means of being able to Wesley keep his wings level. keep A curved tube filled with liquid and containing a ball became a curved primitive turn and bank indicator. primitive Sperry invented a two axis gyroscopic instrument that allowed a Sperry pilot to tell if he was turning or not. pilot 13 ASCI 254 – Module 3: Pioneers Airmail Timeline Initial airmail operations began 1918 First airmail service began 1918 – August 12 Transcontinental route completed 1920 – Sept 8 Congress approved funding for lighting system 1923 Regularly scheduled transcontinental airmail service began 1924 – July 21 May 15, 1920 - Service from Chicago to May Omaha extended service from New York. Omaha August 16, 1920 - Route from Chicago to St. August Louis created. Louis September 8, 1920 - The transcontinental September route completed when the route from Omaha extended to San Francisco. Although they only flew during the day, they still beat the railroads by 22 hours. Nighttime flying was the next step so that the airmail would not have to rely on the railroads for night movement of the mail. railroads 14 ASCI 254 – Module 3: Pioneers Airmail Timeline Initial airmail operations began 1918 First airmail service began 1918 – August 12 Transcontinental route completed 1920 – Sept 8 Congress approved funding for lighting system 1923 Regularly scheduled transcontinental airmail service began 1924 – July 21 February 22, 1921 – Nighttime test flight of the transcontinental route February completed. In slightly more than 24 hours the mail had gone coast to coast. completed. Pilot Jack Knight flew 3 legs, from North Platte, Nebraska, to Chicago. The Pilot flight was accomplished by the use of bonfires to light the way and sho...
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