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My father Warren T. Fee, and
his brothers Stanley Fee and Harry Fee, owned and
operated many airports including one located behind
Allenhurst New Jersey in the 1920 and ‘30s. I know
for a fact that they flew the mail. There is a reference
to my uncle Stanley in a New York T imes article
as president of Air Tours Inc. of New York City
and the East Coast Flying Services of Allenhurst
New Jersey. The Allenhurst airport (more like a
strip) was just off route 35 and Deal Road ( I remember
driving past it plenty of times as a kid with my
dad). Please respond to BB Fee: email@example.com
Rob McHugh has had this
wing for many years and would like information on
it. Please contact him at
Is there a modification,
record or photograph of early airmail plane L.W.F.
(type V) with Isotta Fraschini 250 h.p. As:
New Photos from Crissy Field ID needed -- Contact
Information needed on Dotty Dalton, early woman
Please identify the photos courtesy
of Daniel Lucas: RevWarMan1776@
My grandfather, Donald Kemp Cobb,
used to tell stories of flying mail
from Southern California to Mexico
City. I recall that he talked
about the problems of dust on the
open-rocker arms of the engine.
Can anyone give me a tip on where
to find info on companies that flew
these routes south and the type
of airplane that he may have flown
for such a route? Thank you. Lou
Seeking complete selection of
'Aerial Age weekly.' Contact:
Checkerboard field information needed:
Looking for information concerning
Aline Hofheimer Rhonie. An
obituary from the 1962 Jan 7 edition
of the Plainfield Courier News,
Plainfield ,N.J. stated she was
the first female to fly solo from
New York City to Mexico City in
1934. Also stated she was one of
the few women to hold a commercial
air transport pilot's license. Served
as a flight leader in the WAFS ferrying
aircraft in the British Isles in
WW 2. Contact
help in ID the man & woman would
be interesting. I received
this picture from my late uncle
who collected neat & rare things.
Any help in ID the man & woman
would be interesting.
I received this picture from
my late uncle who collected
neat & rare things. The numbers
on the back vertical tail fin
are 4304. “US MAIL” appears
on the side of the plane.
Alan Alaga --
am seeking information on airmail
from James Clements Airport in Bay
City, MI, probably in the late 20's.
I would also like information on
Bernard 'Bud' Hammond of Owosso,
MI, who ran mail from the mainland
of Michigan to Mackinac Island and
Beaver Island. Does anyone
have anything to share on these?
William J. Ballard, D.D.S. LORI
-- info on C.R. Parmalee, a noted airmail
pilot of the 1920s from Oakland, California
who died in a crash in the early 1930s.
The Somerset Aero Club of Somerset,
PA, is celebrating "A 100 Years of Powered
Flight" and the 50th anniversary of
Joseph Martin Field with 61st Annual
Fly-In breakfast on Father's Day weekend,
June 14 and 15.
John Kittleson, owner of Puget Sound Seaplanes
on American Lake, south of Tacoma, Washington,
requests information about the first seaplane
to carry international mail from this area.
Was it from American lake or from Seattle?
Please respond at
Need information concerning the aviation
career of Harry P. Gordon.
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identification of the two photos below;
left is a group of men standing on the steps
of the Post Office building in Washington,
D.C. The other are air mail pilots
from an 8 X 10 original on heavy glossy
photo paper. Please respond to .Air
Mail Pioneers. Double click to enlarge.
recognize the phrase "MI*TONY"? This
is printed all over some fabric I have with
antique airplanes on it. I have searched
foreign languages with no success.
This is sorta driving me nuts as I am covering
my son's room in this stuff and we both
want to know what it means! Andrea
Can anyone shed any light on this historical
poster? It is on a waxy paper, with rivet
holes to hold it onto a telephone pole.
Thank you very much.
What color was the fabric of early army issue
B-1 bear skin flight suits? They may have
been green or kaki. Anyone know for sure?
WANTED -- Info
on William Conkling, postmaster of Springfield,
Illinois and supporter of Charles Lindbergh
and CAM-2. Also seeking Conkling's relatives
still living. Send info to
This is Robertson
Aircraft Corporation pilot Marden Munn. The
photo was taken at Lambert Field, in 1931.
Any additional information about Marden Munn
would be greatly appreciated. Contact:
Seeking the history of telecommunication, radio
early air flight. In 1927, Byrd did the test flight
crossing the Atlantic ocean from US to France.
In this flight, G. Noville is one of crews as radio
operator. I need any brief profile on G. Noville.
When and where he is born, when dead, and so on.
Anyone can help me? S.Miura
Requesting information concerning the first air
mail flight of C.A.M. (Contract Air Mail) #32 from
Spokane, Washington, including the name of the airline
company and its route. Respond:
Seeking to identify information about flying
career of this aviatrix. What we know:
name, Erna Bach, photo
dated 1934, born on July 12th and married on February
17, 1934. Husband possibly named Hap. Send info
to Roy Nagl:
Seeking information about Dean Ivan Lamb, soldier
of fortune and U.S. Air Mail Service pilot from
12-9-18 to 2-6-19. Any surviving relatives?
Married to Edna Adele Robertson and had a daughter
Juliette. Respond: Peter Breen:
Requesting information concerning pins and patches
worn by U. S. Air Mail Service pilot Stanhope S.
Click here for photo. Respond:
I purchased a house about 1970 and lived there
for ten years. When I moved I found in the attic
a U.S. Air Mail coat and hat. The man that lived
there was about 91 years old when I bought the house,
so must have been born in 1870s to 1880s. I wonder
how old the coat and hat are. The newspapers that
were in the container were from 1940. I think his
name was Allen Daily. Larry -
Note: An Albert H. Daley worked for the U.S.
Air Mail Service from 4-23-23 to 5-15-23. Can anyone
identify the hat and button from his coat, their
age and owner? (see
photos of hat and button)
Information needed on the following two names:
My name is Peter Birren, and I stumbled across William
B. Birren's name on your site for Air Mail Pioneers.
Can you provide information about him?
Would it be possible to send me some info on
Clement Kuczek for genealogical research? Do you
possess anything on his activities and what happened
to him? Dr. John Kuczek -
In my grandmother's scrapbook are photos of
the sister ship to the Spirit of St. Louis. Can
you tell me anything about this aircraft? Cecilia
Reeves - firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the conical looking device on the top
of the fuselage about three feet behind Air Mail
Service pilot Jack Knight? What are the three tube
or rod-like things attached to the right side of
the fuselage just below the engine's exhaust pipe?
Thank you. (see
photo of Jack Knight and aircraft) Bud
I'm inquiring about a Great Uncle of mine who,
I was told, flew air mail out of Sonoma County in
the early to mid 1900s. His name was Russell Dusek.
I have a very old photo of him with his airplane.
It was said to me by my father that he was one of
the first out of that area. He died as a result
of slipping into the prop as his small daughter
looked on. He was decapitated. Please help me know
more about this man, if you can.
I recently went to an estate
sale, and in a box of stuff I bought there was
an aluminum token that is 1 1/4 inches in diameter
and has an old bi-plane on one side and on the
other side it says AIR MAIL MAY 12 1926
ST. JOSEPH, MO. Can anyone tell me anything
about it? Double click for
Thanks, Roger Ebling
Please help! I am trying to find as much information
about the pioneer airmail pilot in Honduras. While
I realize this site is dedicated to U.S. mail, I
think some of your knowledge might help me. The
pilot's name was Sumner B. Morgan (an American)
and he flew the historic mail route from which the
famous "Black Honduras" stamp comes. I understand
that he later went on to become President Somosa's
(of Nicaragua) personal pilot. Later if I recall,
he ferried planes across the Atlantic during WW
II. This man has been forgotten. I'm trying to get
the Honduran Postal Service to issue a commemorative
set in his honor. The more information I can get,
the better a presentation I will make. Thank you.
Carlos Rosa -
Who was the first African-American
female to be awarded a flying certificate? Where
did she get it and what did she say about getting
it? Thank you for your help. Ryan McNelis -
You probably get a lot of these requests, but
I'm in search of Curtiss Jenny parts, OX5 or Hipsano-
Suiza engines and/or a full aircraft which has probably
been damaged or retired and is awaiting for a loving
person to restore it to flying condition. If you
could help pass this request to your members and
I would be deeply appreciative. I'm presently building
a replica 2/3 scale Jenny from the early bird plans.
Thank you. Bill Hehmann -
Merle Moltrup of Bearver Falls, PA flew the
first airmail flight from Pittsburgh, PA to Cleveland,
Ohio. Flight departed Bettis Field in Pittsburgh
thence went to Cleveland. The aircraft was Miss
Pittsburgh. Clifford Ball owned the Aircraft. It
is now on display at Greater Pittsburgh International
Airport. Moltrup was Chief Engineering Test Pilot
for Douglas during World War Two. Not sure of the
aircraft but I think it was a Pitcairn. Think it
had a 90 HP engine. Dick Henry -