The Pilots Who Risked Their Lives to Deliver the Mail | Atlas Obscura

From left to right: Pilots Jack Knight, Clarence Lange, Lawrence Garrison, “Wild Bill” Hopson, and the administrator of the Omaha airfield, Andrew Dumphy. (All Photos: Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.)

Being an airmail carrier was one of the most dangerous jobs in America.

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Historic Photo: Handley Page H.P.42 biplane airliner, Palestine, 1931. | www.seanmunger.com

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This beautiful color photo depicts a very unusual airplane: a Handley Page H.P.42, which was a biplane airliner that briefly saw service for Britain’s short-lived Imperial Airways airline during the 1920s and 1930s. This particular plane, named Hanno, was photographed in 1931 at a refueling stop at Samakh, a settlement on Lake Tiberias, in what was then Palestine (now Israel). This is the refueling crew. There’s no way to be sure, but this plane may have been on its way to India.

The H.P.42 was an interesting plane that came along at a peculiar time in aviation history, the point between the wars when biplanes were phasing out in favor of monoplanes. The change occurred in smaller planes, like…

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