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H. Paul Culver flew the first regular scheduled air mail run in the world on May 15, 1918. The trip was from Philadelphia to New York and 2457 pieces of mail were carried. The trip was flown in one hour, with the aircraft attaining a speed of 75 miles per hour. Culver learned to fly at the Glenn Curtiss School in Newport News, VA., in 1916. During World War I Culver served as a flying instructor at Princeton University. He was also a member of the Early Birds.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0401

Creator

Culver, H. Paul, 1893-1964

Date

1918

Provenance

Mrs. H. Paul Culver, gift, ca. 1976, XXXX-0401, unknown

Extent

0.4 Cubic feet ((1 flatbox))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Clippings

Scrapbooks

Photographs

Maps

Invoices

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a scrapbook compiled by H. Paul Culver containing news clippings, articles, photographs, an invoice book, an annotated route map, and other documentation relating to the initiation of airmail service.

Genre/Form

Clippings

Scrapbooks

Photographs

Maps

Invoices

Rights

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Names

Early Birds of Aviation (Organization).

Culver, H. Paul, 1893-1964

Topics Air mail service
Aeronautics
Aeronautics -- 1903-1916

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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