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Q: The Pony Express ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: The Pony Express
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: melisa-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 25 Aug 2004 13:01 PDT
Expires: 24 Sep 2004 13:01 PDT
Question ID: 392543
Before the success of the pony express, one man tried a different
approach airmale. Who is credited as the first offical U.S. cloud
riding courrier?
Subject: Re: The Pony Express
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 25 Aug 2004 13:26 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Balloonist John Wise made the first official airmail flight in 1859.
The first Pony Express delivery was a year later, in 1860.

"John Wise, the well-known aeronaut, made the world's first official
airmail flight. On August 17, 1859, he left Lafayette, Indiana, in his
balloon Jupiter bound for Philadelphia or New York City. The local
postmaster had permitted him to carry 123 letters and 23 circulars -
at no government expense. But the wind blew Wise southward rather than
east. After only 30 miles (48 kilometers), he was forced to descend.
The public thought poorly of the experiment and of the Post Office for
supporting it. It marked, however, the start of the government-private
sector partnership that would carry the mail by air after the
invention of the airplane."

U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission: Airmail Before 1918

"U.S. First Official Air Mail 
 Balloon 'Jupiter' 
 Ascended from Lafayette 
 Aug. 17, 1859 
 Pilot, Professor John Wise"

Tippecanoe County, Indiana: First Air Mail Flight

Google Web Search: "first official air mail" 1859

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melisa-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
i want to thank you soooo much that was really great and so fast. i
just hope i gave enough money, i didn't expect it to be so detailed. i
would send a tip but the credit card i used is at its limit, i plan on
asking another question so i will be sure to tip.

Subject: Re: The Pony Express
From: psychopoet-ga on 25 Aug 2004 14:08 PDT
Subject: Re: The Pony Express
From: gollyrancher-ga on 07 Sep 2004 11:46 PDT
I would try doing a search on Earle Ovington 

   "Ovington was duly sworn in as the first U.S. airmail pilot, then
handed a load of 640 letters and 1,280 postcards in a mail bag."
Subject: Re: The Pony Express
From: pinkfreud-ga on 07 Sep 2004 11:51 PDT

The question said "Before the success of the Pony Express." Ovington
was many decades after the Pony Express.

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