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This Day in Georgia History

December 01, 1928

New Airmail Routes Opened

A big step towards Atlanta becoming the aviation hub of the Southeast took place when two new airmail routes were launched - Contract Air Mail (CAM) routes 25 and 30. At 4 a.m., a Pitcairn Aviation airplane flew out of Candler Field in Atlanta with airmail destined for Miami and points in between. As the Pitcairn airplane took off for Miami, an Interstate Airlines taxied down the runway with airmail headed for Chicago and points in between. Each envelope (known to collectors as a “cover”) on board the two flights bore a souvenir rubber stamp impression (known as a “cachet”) prepared by the Post Office to attest that this cover was flown on the first flight of a new airmail route. The two Dec. 1 airmail routes were not the first for Atlanta. On Sept. 15, 1926, airmail service began with CAM 10, which provided airmail service between Atlanta and Miami. However, the route proved unprofitable and was cancelled after nine months. On May 1, 1928, CAM 19 began airmail service between Atlanta and New York, and on the following day, CAM 23 launched airmail service between Atlanta and New Orleans. With the addition of airmail service to Miami and Chicago on this day, Atlanta was well on its way to becoming one of the nation’s major aviation hubs.