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Texas’ First Airmail and Passenger Service

 
 
Texas’ First Airmail and Passenger Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
1. Texas’ First Airmail and Passenger Service Marker
Inscription. Love Field witnessed two “firsts” in Texas aviation history. National Air Transport (later became United Air Lines) on May 12, 1926, inaugurated first airmail service in Texas, and on Sept. 1, 1927, flew the first passengers and express. The flights were to Chicago.
     The first airmail packets, weighing a total of 1,556 lbs., were dispatched in two single-engine monoplanes, “Miss Dallas” and “Miss Fort Worth”, for a 12-hour flight. At the same time, “Miss Chicago” was on its way to Dallas with 275 lbs. off mail and parcels, including apparel for two clothing stores and a shipment of diamonds; total value $100,000.
     The first passenger service began at 8 a.m., with departure of a full load of three. About an hour earlier, another plane with two passengers and the first load of express left Chicago for Dallas. These early flights cut rail time by 15 hours, though it took almost 12 hours to fly the 990-mile, 7-stop trip, which cost 10 cents per mile. Each passenger was allowed 25 lbs. In baggage, with overweight charged at a dollar a pound. Air express shipments were limited to 200 lbs. and $5,000 valuation.
 
Erected 1965 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 6894.)
 
Location.
Danny L. Bruce Flag Plaza Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
2. Danny L. Bruce Flag Plaza Markers
Texas' First Airmail and Passenger Service marker is on the left
32° 50.482′ N, 96° 50.764′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Herb Kelleher Way and Aviation Place, on the right when traveling north on Herb Kelleher Way. Click for map. Marker is located at the Danny L. Bruce Flag Plaza at Dallas Love Field Airport. Marker is in this post office area: Dallas TX 75235, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Love Field (here, next to this marker); Oath of Office of President Johnson (here, next to this marker); Love Field Airman Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Colonel C.C. Slaughter (approx. 4 miles away); Mickey Charles Mantle (approx. 4.2 miles away); St. Paul United Methodist Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); Moorland YMCA Building (approx. 4.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dallas.
 
More about this marker. On the bottom border of the marker is etched “Early Travel, Communication and Transportation Series” and “Erected by Moody Foundation - 1965”.

The marker was originally placed in the terminal of Love Field. This marker and the two adjacent markers were moved to the Danny L. Bruce Flag Plaza around 2004.
 
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Markers (on Left) at Danny L. Bruce Flag Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
3. Markers (on Left) at Danny L. Bruce Flag Plaza
View to north
Herb Kelleher Way leading to the Love Field terminals is on the left
View to Southeast Along Herb Kelleher Way image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 8, 2016
4. View to Southeast Along Herb Kelleher Way
Marker and flag plaza on left (east) side of road
 
 
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