National Geographic : 1926 Jan
ON THE TRAIL OF TIlE AlR MAIL Photograph Courtesy U. S. PoIt Otiice Departeiit I,OADING CHICAGO MAIL ON A NIGHT PLANE AT HADLEY FIELD, NEW JERSEY The New York-Chicago overnight service, begun July I, 1925, operates on a schedule of 9 hours, 15 minutes westbound and 8 hours, 30 minutes eastbound. Planes and pilots are changed at Cleveland. The postage rate is to cents per ounce, which is proportionately higher than the rate charged for the transcontinental service which leaves New York in the forenoon. Photograph by Nat 1.. Dewell CHECKING POUCHES AS THEY ARE TAKEN FROM TIIE TRANSCONTINENTAL MAIL, I'IANE'S FUSELAGE The Post Office Department has 83 planes in flying condition and 13 now being reconditioned; G6are equipped for night flying. Each pilot is assigned a plane for his exclusive use.