Promotional Queen Monoplane Owned by Earle Ovington, First United States Post Office Air Mail Pilot, 1911

Summary

Earle Ovington (1879-1936) earned a unique place in aviation history when, on September 23, 1911, he piloted the first air mail flight operated by the United States Post Office Department. The three-mile flight over New York's Long Island was more a publicity stunt than a practical venture, but it previewed a not-too-distant future. Regular air mail services began in 1918.

Earle Ovington (1879-1936) earned a unique place in aviation history when, on September 23, 1911, he piloted the first air mail flight operated by the United States Post Office Department. The three-mile flight over New York's Long Island was more a publicity stunt than a practical venture, but it previewed a not-too-distant future. Regular air mail services began in 1918.

Artifact

Photographic print

Subject Date

1911

Creators

Unknown

Collection Title

Aeronautics Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1629.188

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 in

Width: 6.25 in

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