First Airmail

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The first airplane to fly Pan American Airways’ FAM 5 foreign airmail route from Miami Florida to the Canal Zone in Panama was a Sikorsky S-38A piloted by Charles A. Lindbergh on February 4 through the 6, 1929. The flight was in reality a recon trip, but it also carried the first mail to be flown on this route. First-Class Mail International ® is our most affordable option for sending postcards, letters, and flats to other countries. You can ship items up to 15.994 oz that are less than $400 in value to more than 190 countries. Global Forever stamps are $1.20. Today, most long-distance letters go at least partway by air, and there's no separate domestic or international airmail—the same first-class stamp buys a quick trip by any means. A Curtiss Jenny flew the first Airmail in 1918 The Morrow Board The same year Congress passed the Contract Mail Act, President Calvin Coolidge appointed a board to recommend a national aviation policy (a much-sought-after goal of Herbert Hoover, who was Secretary of Commerce at the time).

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