Earl Ovington-first Mail Carrier

Date:
Sept13, 1911.

This photograph depicts Earle Ovington inside his airplane. While Ovington's flight was purely ceremonial, it marked the first time an airplane officially carried the mail.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
87-7708
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Earle Ovington

This image shows Earle Ovington, who flew the first flight for the U.S. Postal Service on September 13, 1911 from Long Island, New York. With a full mail bag squeezed between his legs, Ovington took off and flew to Mineola, a few miles away. He banked his airplane and pushed the bag overboard. It fell to the ground and was retrieved by the local postmaster.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
7B05364
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Queen Bleriot

Date:
1911

This image shows the Queen airplane that Earle Ovington flew on his brief air mail flight in 1911. The Queen was based on the popular Blériot monoplane design.

Location:
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
73-2252
Institution:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum