This object is on display in the America by Air exhibition at the National Mall building.
Air Mail Pilot's Coat and Helmet
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
Donated by Lt. James C. Edgerton
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Date: ca. 1918
Country of Origin: United States of America
Materials: Overall: Leather Lining: Silk
Physical Description:Lieutenant James C. Edgerton's Brown United States Air Mail Flying Coat; exterior leather faded to nearly white; full olive drab silk lining, 2 lower flap pockets; 2 belt loops (belt missing); heavily soiled on cuffs; tear under right arm.
Inventory number: A19320001000