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Climbing to six hundred feet, he was able to catch occasional glimpses of the ground but saw no recognizable landmarks. "Then the fog suddenly blew in around me so that I could see nothing ahead or below Page 28 me either," Smith noted. " His plane plowed through the trees, hit the ground, and burst into flames. The lucky pilot escaped with only scratches and bruises, but others were not so fortunate. Between July 1919 and March 1920, four airmail pilots died in weather-related crashes. The "General Directions" reflects the wartime roots of the Air Mail Service.

Army and Navy promptly purchased six of the metal machines. The Post Office also expressed interest. With the beginning of the fiscal year in sight (July 1), Praeger had enough money to strike a deal with Larsen. For the bargain price of $200,000, the Air Mail Service acquired eight JL-6s and a long list of spares. Praeger planned to use them on the eastern half of the transcontinental route. W. engines. As plans for transcontinental service neared completion, Larsen, the Army Air Service, and the Post Office collaborated on a survey flight of the route.

Shortly after being placed into service on the New York-Chicago route, the twin-DHs began to fall out of the sky. Pilot Walter Stevens, en route from Chicago to Cleveland on August 11, started a turn when he felt something snap on the right side of the aircraft. The twin-DH whipped over to the right and dove into the ground. Stevens survived but the aircraft was demolished. A few days later, pilot Oscar B. Santa-Maria was cruising at two thousand feet in a twin-DH when something gave way. The left engine began to vibrate, the left wing dropped, and the aircraft spiraled into the ground.

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