Lt. James Edgerton flew the mail from Philadelphia to Washington during the first scheduled air mail flight on May 15, 1918. He wore this helmet and coat during that flight. Edgerton left the Army in 1919 and became the Chief of Flying for the U.S. Air Mail Service.
Gift of James C. Edgerton
Image number 2007-13835
Credit: Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum