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College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Airmail

 
 
Airmale Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 16, 2018
1. Airmale Marker
Inscription. In May 1918, the first U.S. Airmail was inaugurated using Army pilots and planes. Three months later, the Post Office Department took over the operations and started the first postal airmail service from College Park on August 12, 1918. Max Miller was hired to make the first flight along with Maurice Newton, Robert Shank and Edward Gardner. In 1919, the Post Office Department built a hangar, to store and service its planes and, in front of the hangar, a compass rose was constructed. The compass rose allowed pilots to adjust their compasses for any magnetic deviation. In 1921, the airmail service opened a transcontinental route, flying great distances. Service to the College Park Station was cancelled to supply planes and pilots to this new route. The hangar and compass rose still stand today.
 
Location. 38° 58.871′ N, 76° 55.601′ W. Marker is in College Park, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Corporal Frank Scott Drive north of Litton Drive, on the left. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1909 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park MD 20740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Aviation (within shouting distance of this marker); Army Aviation School
Airmail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 16, 2018
2. Airmail Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Taliaferro House (approx. 0.2 miles away); College Park Airport: “Oldest Continually Operated in the World” (approx. 0.2 miles away); College Park Airport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cory House (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of College Park (approx. mile away); McDonnell House (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in College Park.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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