Airline Expansion and Innovation(1927 - 1941)



Westbound   Eastbound  
New York Flights 1 and 2 leave New York. San Francisco Flights 3 and 4 leave San Francisco at 4:30 a.m.
Pennsylvania Flight 1: Heavy icing causes pilot to make forced landing, damaging tailskid and axle. Cannot continue. Elko Flight 3 and 4 change planes. Flight 3: Pilot stalls plane after takeoff, crashes, dies. Mail transferred to standby aircraft; flight continues.
Chicago Flight 2: Reaches Chicago despite bad weather. But with rain, snow, and fog to the west, flight cannot continue. Rawlins Flight 4: Makes emergency landing at Rawlins to fix oil leak, continues.
    North Platte Flight 4: Jack Knight takes over. Ignition problem delays departure until 10:44 p.m.
    Omaha Flights 3 and 4 reach Omaha. Only replacement pilot available who knows route to Chicago refuses to fly due to bad weather. Flight 3 ends. Flight 4: Knight volunteers to fly on, despite weather and having never flown the route. Departs at 1:59 a.m.
    Iowa City Flight 4: Sky "dark as hob," with high clouds obscuring moon. "Sense of isolation that's hard to describe." Descends beneath low clouds into rough air to keep sight of ground, then encounters snow flurries. Spots flares at airport and lands to refuel.
    Chicago Flight 4: Fighting lack of sleep, Knight reaches Chicago at 8:40 a.m. Another pilot takes over.
    New York Flight 4: Reaches New York at 4:50 p.m. "Great jubilation" in the Post Office.