On this day in 1911, the first airmail flight took place. Fred Wiseman flew on a self-made Wisman-Peters plane 15 miles from Petaluma to Santa Rosa, California, USA. The flight took two days with a total flying time of only 15 minutes. Wisman carried three letters, Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspapers and a bag of groceries from Hickey and Vonsen’s store in Petaluma.
Further details of this fascinating story are provided here http://www.fredwiseman.org/ and the Petaluma website Past – Now – Future is reporting about some discrepancies of the event which are fun to read http://bill-hammerman.blogs.petaluma360.com/10816/first-air-mail-flight-discrepancies/
Fred Wiseman’s airplane is on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/museum/1d_Wiseman_Cooke.html
And if you are interested in airmail, airships and zeppelin mail, these sites might be of interest to you:
The web portal for zeppelin mail and airship memorabilia: http://www.eZEP.de/
The board for zeppelin mail and airship memorabilia: http://www.eZEPtalk.de/
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