Aeronautics: Safer Airmail

For nearly three years the Post Office Department has been experimenting with asbestos mail pouches, but not yet has it found one which will protect mail from being charred in the burning wreckage of an airplane.* Asbestos pouches are used only for registered mail and jewelry. Despite the fire hazard, the Post Office had a proud record to announce last week. In the fiscal year ended last June it lost only .01% of 8,846,000 Ib. of airmail carried. All of the loss was by fire. In the previous year the loss was .03%; the...

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