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Busleton Field

First US Air Mail Delivery

 

— May 15, 1918 —

 
Busleton Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 14, 2019
1. Busleton Field Marker
Inscription.  

The first regularly scheduled US Post Office Air Mail delivery took place here, mid-point of the New York-Philadelphia-Washington Air Mail Route. On May 15, 1918, US Army Lt Torrey Webb, in a Curtiss "Jenny" biplane, left New York at 11:45 am, landing at Bustleton Field at 1:00 pm. Thru mail was transferred to Lt James Edgerton's plane, which took off at 1:15 pm, arriving Washington at 2:50 pm. Busleton Field was the chief US Air Mail maintenance and repair depot from 1918 to 1921.

Erected by Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History
at the Centennial Celebration May 19, 2018

 
Erected 2018 by Friends of Northeast Philadelphia History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceCommunications. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately 📭 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 15, 1918.
 
Location. 40° 5.82′ N, 75° 1.096′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Haldeman Avenue
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 14, 2019
2. Busleton Field Marker
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and Red Lion Road (Pennsylvania Route 63), on the right when traveling east on Haldeman Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2100 Red Lion Road, Philadelphia PA 19115, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Byberry Hall (approx. 2 miles away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Pennepack Baptist Church (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Pennepack Baptist Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Benjamin Rush (approx. 2.2 miles away); Melmar (approx. 2.7 miles away); Thomas Holme (1624-1695) (approx. 2.8 miles away); Greenbelt Knoll (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Airmail Takes Wing (C V Glines). (Submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bustleton Field / William Penn Airport / Boulevard Airport, Philadelphia, PA. (Submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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