At that time, the Post Office had a policy of flying regardless of the weather conditions. This was often suicide for us pilots. The decision from Washington was that the individual airfield manager -- one of the pilots -- had the final decision on whether the conditions were flyable or not. Finally, the decision is made by someone who understands what it's like to be up there.

The Airplanes
The Airplanes

Despite of the danger, the added routes have proven successful. In the first week, 28 out of 30 scheduled flights were completed. Praeger likes to boast that we can fly through anything and he makes out our daily perils to seem like safe stunt acts. In reality, it is quite the opposite. However, he to faces his own line of fire. Investors of the Air Mail threaten to pull funding and our popularity is not rising. There are times when our cargo is just a handful of mail.

By now, 1919 is coming to an end and the Air Mail Service only has two official routes: New York to Washington and New York to Chicago via Cleveland. Philadelphia is no longer needed because of aircraft improvements. However, word has it that another leg is soon to come... the mail would be going to Omaha.

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