Local group works to protect a unique piece of aviation history

Did you see the segment that ran on Channel 8 back in 2016 about the restoration efforts?

“It’s almost like something out of a sci-fi movie. Giant concrete arrows scattered across the country, each of them pointing to another arrow. But these giant arrows weren’t built by aliens, rather they were built by the US government.  Their sole purpose was to help guide the very first airmail pilots in the 1920’s.

“‘So they put these arrows in between 10 to 20 miles apart with beacons to guide the airplanes to their right direction, because they kept getting lost,’ said Greg Cobia, a pilot and aviation history enthusiast from Blackfoot.”


Short History of Flying In Idaho

Outdoor Idaho offers an excellent short history of flying in Idaho. The state’s storied connection with aviation begins early in the twentieth century. It was here, in the Intermountain West, that commercial airmail first took hold, on the Pasco-Boise-Elko route, courtesy of Varney Air Lines, which later became United Airlines.


United States Postal Service to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of U.S. Airmail Service

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service will honor the beginning of airmail service by dedicating two United States Air Mail Forever stamps this year.

The first, depicted above in blue, commemorates the pioneering spirit of the brave pilots who first flew the mail in the early years of aviation. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place May 1, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS. News about the stamps can be shared with the hashtags #AirMailStamps and #USAirMail.

Read more at http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2018/pr18_020.htm

Pilot Leon Cuddeback recalls United’s first flight

Did you know that United Airlines’ first flight included Boise, Idaho, on the itinerary? On the morning of April 6, 1926 — a day that would become a monumental part of United’s history — pilot Leon Cuddeback flew from Pasco, Washington, to Boise, Idaho, in a Swallow aircraft.

United Airlines first flight went through Boise, Idaho.

50 years later in 1976, Cuddeback recounted his experience from that day.

Source: https://hub.united.com/pilot-leon-cuddeback-recalls-uniteds-first-flight-1710263940.html


Idaho Stops on the Salt Lake-Great Falls Airway (1931)

Salt Lake-Great Falls Airway (1931), includes stops along the Salt Lake-Pocatello section and Pocatello-Great Falls section. The installation at Dubois still includes a generator shed (newly painted, with the route and stop number on the roof), operating beacon, and a concrete arrow that has been repainted bright yellow. The type of arrow at Dubois was later replaced by metal arrows. The site at Monida has an operating beacon and a newly restored generator shed.

Resources Related to Early Airmail Service

Illustrated Map of Air Travel in 1929

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