Jack Knight had flown for the entire day, putting the Service before himself and his own safety. He flew not just his leg of the trip but one more to keep the mail moving eastward. He went on to save the Air Mail and in the process he became a national hero for his courage and effort.

The mail completed the next two legs to Cleveland and finally onto New York. The plane touched down at 4:50 p.m. on February 23, 1921, with a total time airborne of 33 hours and 20 minutes. It beat the best train time by a huge margin -- 65 hours!

The next day, the Congress voted and the appropriation of funds was approved by a landslide. The Air Mail survived!

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