Fred Wiseman – First airmail flight 100 years ago

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 and the Petaluma website Past – Now – Future is reporting about some discrepancies of the event which are fun to read

Fred Wiseman’s airplane is on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

And if you are interested in airmail, airships and zeppelin mail, these sites might be of interest to you:

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