First Air Mail Delivery Flight in New Jersey

First Air Mail Delivery Flight in New Jersey (HM1RQP)

Location: South Amboy, NJ 08879 Middlesex County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 28.983', W 74° 16.783'

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The South Amboy Post Office was located here in 1912. From this post office the First Air Mail Delivery Flight in New Jersey was undertaken. This event was the brainchild of Assistant Postmaster Edwin Roddy, also a member of the South Amboy's Business Men's Association. After proper approval from Postmaster E. Heines this historic event took place.

On July 4, 1912, Aviator Oliver J. Simmons flew a Wright-Burgess Hydro-Aeroplane, owned by Robert J. Collier, publisher of Collier's magazine, from Perth Amboy to South Amboy. After landing on the water by the coal docks, Aviator Simmons received 1,250 pieces of mal from the South Amboy Post Office to be delivered to the Perth Amboy Post Office. After an unsuccessful attempt to take off due to heavy boat traffic, a path was made and at 12:30 p.m. the plane took off and flew across Raitan Bay and delivered the mail to the Perth Amboy Post Office.

After this flight a communication was sent to the mayor of Perth Amboy from Michael Welsh, Mayor of South Amboy. A portion of this communication is as follows: "The conquest of the air having been accomplished we much look for new worlds to conquer. As this first communication between our cities by the most modern conveyance is held on the anniversary of this nation's birthday, may it be the precursor of an increased and harmonious relationship between our communities." This event was the first Air Mail Delivery in the State of New Jersey.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 561047 N 4481622
Decimal Degrees40.48305000, -74.27971667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 28.983', W 74° 16.783'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 28' 58.98" N, 74° 16' 46.98" W
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Area Code(s)732, 973
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-113 S Broadway St, South Amboy NJ 08879, US
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