Bryan's Air Mail Field

Bryan's Air Mail Field (HM1MM)

Location: Bryan, OH 43506 Williams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 29', W 84° 33.06'

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Here, on September 6, 1918, Bryans' Air Mail Field began oeprations as one of Ohio's first official airfields ith the arrival of a survey flight to establish air mail service between New York and Chicago. Scheduled servcie began on July 1, 1919, and stretched west to San Francisco on September 8, 1920, completing the 2,666 mile U.S. transcontinental air mail route. Flying the Curtiss JN-4H "Jenny." R-4. Standard JR-1B, and later the De Havilland DH-4, aviators pioneered cross continental flight in open cockpit biplanes without radios or electronic navigational aids and reduced coast to coast mail delivery from 87 hours by rail to 33 hours by air.

Air Mail Field was relocated 1.5 morth of this site on July 1, 1924, in preprartion for overnight mail service and the first scheduled night flights through Bryan, July 1, 1925. By May 1926,more efficient air mail planes began to overfly Bryan and Air Mail Field was reduced to serving as an emergency landign site. On September 1, 1927, the Post Office Department relinquished control of the transcontinental route to private contractors and Bryan's role in air mail service officially ended. Air Mail Field and the aeropost flights became a part of aviation's heritage, having performed vital roles in the advancement of air commerce as well as charting a course for the future of global air transportation.
HM NumberHM1MM
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series, and the Postal Mail and Philately series.
Marker Number3-86
Year Placed2002
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Miller Aviation Heritage Fund, The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 4:04am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 704460 N 4595309
Decimal Degrees41.48333333, -84.55100000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 29', W 84° 33.06'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 28' 60.00" N, 84° 33' 3.60" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 304 E Foster St, Bryan OH 43506, US
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