Transport: Scoop-Up Service

The U. S. Post Office Department, during the regime of Franklin Roosevelt often at odds with U. S. airlines, last week sent them an amiable invitation: to submit bids for mail contracts on two experimental hauls, a 465-mile route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and a 413-mile loop from Pittsburgh through Clarksburg and Huntington, W. Va. and back to Clarksburg. Catch: without landing, the mailplanes must pick up and deliver air mail at towns scattered from ten to 30 miles apart on each route.

Always interesting to aeronauts, scoop-up-&-drop mail service attracted the fancy of the 75th Congress, which directed the Post Office...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!