Texas' First Airmail and Passenger Service Historical

Texas' First Airmail and Passenger Service Historical (HM1UCW)

Location: Dallas, TX 75235 Dallas County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 50.482', W 96° 50.764'

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Love Field witnessed two "firsts" in Texas aviation history. National Air Transport (later became United Air Lines) on May 12, 1926, inaugurated first airmail service in Texas, and on Sept. 1, 1927, flew the first passengers and express. The flights were to Chicago.
     The first airmail packets, weighing a total of 1,556 lbs., were dispatched in two single-engine monoplanes, "Miss Dallas" and "Miss Fort Worth", for a 12-hour flight. At the same time, "Miss Chicago" was on its way to Dallas with 275 lbs. off mail and parcels, including apparel for two clothing stores and a shipment of diamonds; total value $100,000.
     The first passenger service began at 8 a.m., with departure of a full load of three. About an hour earlier, another plane with two passengers and the first load of express left Chicago for Dallas. These early flights cut rail time by 15 hours, though it took almost 12 hours to fly the 990-mile, 7-stop trip, which cost 10 cents per mile. Each passenger was allowed 25 lbs. In baggage, with overweight charged at a dollar a pound. Air express shipments were limited to 200 lbs. and $5,000 valuation.
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Year Placed1965
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 701590 N 3635756
Decimal Degrees32.84136667, -96.84606667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 50.482', W 96° 50.764'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 50' 28.92" N, 96° 50' 45.84" W
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Area Code(s)214, 972, 469, 682, 817
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7501-8099 Herb Kelleher Way, Dallas TX 75235, US
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