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May 15, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Buchanan Field Airport
Pacific States Aviation
51 John Glenn Drive

Concord, CA 94520
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Air Mail Centennial Celebration Flight

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

To mark the 100th anniversary of the first government-operated air mail flight in America , three vintage biplanes will retrace the pioneering west coast airmail route, Contract Air Mail 8 (CAM 8), from San Diego to Seattle, May 13-18, 2018. The flight will carry official mail in the form of special envelopes which will be postmarked at the 12 stops along the 1200 mile flight. The pilots, Addison Pemberton and Jeff Hamilton, both from Spokane , Washington and Ben Scott of Reno, Nevada will be duly sworn in as official Airmail pilots and will assist local post office authorities. The flight will use three Stearman Speedmail biplanes, the wood-winged and fabric covered open-cockpit aircraft were noted for their dependability and ability to carry heavy loads. Of the 41 built, seven still fly, so the CAM 8 flight will be a rare chance to see these aeronautical pioneers at work.