The first international airmail service between Seattle, WA, USA, and Victoria, British Colombia, Canada, a 74 mile (118 km) trip by air, was on March 3rd, 1919. On board with the airmail was Edward Hubbard, an American Pilot and entrepreneur of Hubbard Air Service, as well as William Edward Boeing, an airplane Designer. Hubbard flew his Boeing Type C open cockpit biplane with pontoons to deliver the airmail to Victoria.
Then on October 14th, 1920 Hubbard Air Service received the contract to deliver airmail, and continued to be contracted until June 30th, 1937.
March 3rd, 1919
Edward Hubbard, Pilot and entrepreneur of Hubbard Air Service
William Edward Boeing, Airplane Designer
Seattle, WA, USA
Victoria, British Colombia, Canada
Boeing Type C open cockpit biplane with pontoons
For More Information:
- March 3, 1919: U.S. Starts International Airmail Service – Wired
The United States starts international airmail delivery by flying 60 letters from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle. In the cockpit: Bill Boeing.
- Airmail – Wikipedia
Airmail (or air mail) is a mail transport service branded and sold on the basis of being airborne. Airmail items typically arrive more quickly than surface mail, and usually cost more to send.
- Airmail 1918 to 1924: The Postal Service Flies the Mail
On March 3, 1919, William Boeing (right) and pilot Eddie Hubbard performed the first U.S. international airmail flight in this Boeing Model C. They flew from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Seattle, Washington.