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AIR MAIL CONTRACTS

LETTER

FROM

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL

TRANSMITTING

IN RESPONSE TO SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 394, CERTAIN INFOR

MATION RELATIVE TO AIR MAIL CONTRACTS, EXISTING AIR MAIL ROUTES IN THE UNITED STATES, NEW ROUTES TO BE ESTABLISHED, AND NAMES OF OFFICERS AND ATTORNEYS THAT HAVE BEEN EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WITHIN THE PAST FIVE YEARS

FEBRUARY 17 (calendar day, FEBRUARY 28), 1931.---Ordered to lie on the table

and to be printed

Post OFFICE DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., February 26, 1931. "The PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE.

Sir: I take pleasure in supplying the information requested by Senate Resolution 394, dated January 21, 1931, as follows:

1. The name and termination of each existing air mail route in the United States, what part of said route was established as an original route, and what part is an extension of the original route, and the name of the person, firm, or corporation holding the contract for carrying of mail over said route, and the terms of contract for each route.

Statements are attached as Exhibits 1 to 26, inclusive, giving this information for each existing air mail route.

2. The new routes to be established by the air mail appropriation provided in the appropriation act for 1931-32 for air mail service in continental United States, when it becomes a law, and also what extensions of routes will be made, and to what person, firm, or corporation each added extension will bring additional contracts for air mail service.

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It is contemplated that service on the following additional routes will be provided under the appropriation for contract air mail service for the fiscal year 1932:

Louisville-Nashville.
Nashville-Dallas-Fort Worth.
Kansas City-Denver.
Pittsburgh-Washington.
Richmond-Norfolk.
Richmond-Jacksonville.

Greensboro-Columbia-Augusta.
The route from Louisville to Nashville has been authorized, to be
effective March 2. It will be an extension of the Cleveland-Louis-
ville route, operated by Continental Air Lines (Inc.). It has not
vet been determined whether the other six routes will be handled as
extensions of existing routes, or advertised for separate service.

3. Names of officers and attorneys of parent corporations, subsidiary, or affiliated corporations, holding air mail contracts, who have been employees or officials of the United States Government within the past five years.

Following is a statement giving this information so far as it is available in the records of the department:

Name of officer or Department with which

attorney formerly connected

Company with which associated

Mabel Walker Wil.

lebrandt, attorney.

William P. Mac

Cracken, jr., at

torney. W. J. Barry, secre

tary

C. E. Johnson, vice

president. Frank B. Kellogg,

attorney. H. S. Martin.

Department of Justice Colonial Air Transport (Inc.); Robertson Aircraft Corpora

tion; Continental Air Lines (Inc.); Colonial Western Air-
ways (Inc.) (Seth Berwise, contractor; Texas Air Trans-
port (inc.), subcontractor); Gulf Coast Airways (Inc.);
Embry Riddle ('0; Interstate Air Lines (Inc.) (Robert-
son Aircraft Corporation, and Southwest Air Fast
Express (Inc.). contractor; Southern Transcontinental

Airways (Inc.), subcontractor.
Department of (om- Western Air Express (Inc.) (Western Air Express (Inc.)
merce.

and Transcontinental Air Transport (Inc.), contractor;

Transcontinental & Western Air (Inc.), subcontractor). War Department; l'. Western Air Express (Inc.) and Transcontinental Air 8. Army.

Transport (Inc.), contractor; Transcontinental & West

ern Air (Inc.), subcontractor,
Post Office Depart- Vern C. Gorst, contractor; Pacific Air Transport, sub-

ment, air-mail pilot. contractor.
State Department... Northwest Airways (Inc.).
War Department; U., Clifford Ball, contractor; Pennsylvania Air Lines (Inc.),
S. Army

subcontractor.
Post Office Depart- Boeing Airplane ('o. and Edward Hubbard, contractor;

ment, general super- Boeing Air Transport (Inc.), subcontractor.
intendent air-mail

service.
Post Office Depart. Do.

ment, air-mail pilot.
Navy Department; l'. Eastern Air Transport (Inc.).

S. Nary.
Post Office Depart. | Thompson Aeronautical Corporation, contractor; Trans-

ment, air-mail pilot. american Airlines Corporation, subcontractor.

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D. B. Colyer, vice

president.

James P. Murray,

vice president Harold A. Elliott,

vice president Ꭱ . C. Marshall,

vice president.

4. The requirements by the Post Office Department for the establishment of new air mail routes or extension of air mail routes previous to their establishment as to airports, distances between emergency la ing fields and other aids to navigation, and whether or not such requirements have been met previous to the establishment or extension of air mail routes in the past.

The following paragraph, taken from the last advertisement issued for proposals for contract air mail service, shows the department's requirements in this particular:

Such land lighthouses, emergency landing fields, radio stations, other means of communication, and other aids to navigation as may be necessary for the proper navigating of aircraft of these contractors must be provided for by the contractors or through such Government department as may be authorized to do so.

These or substantially similar requirements have uniformily been met in connection with the establishment or extension of air mail routes in the past. Very truly yours,

WALTER F. BROWN.

EXHIBIT 1

Name of route: A. M. No. 1.
Termination: Boston, Mass.-New York, N. Y.

Statement of original route: Boston, Mass., via Hartford, Conn., to New York, N. Y., and return.

Extensions to original route: None.

Name of person, firm, or corporation holding the contract: Original contractor, Colonial Air Lines (Inc.); name of contractor changed to Colonial Air Transport (Inc.), November 12, 1925.

Terms of contract: Copy of the air mail route certificate containing the terms and conditions under which service over this route is performed is attached hereto.

The following service is authorized on route A. M. No. 1, Colonial Air Transport (Inc.), as of February 12, 1931:

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Route: Boston, Mass., by way of Hartford, Conn., to New York, N. Y., and return.

Carrier: Colonial Air Transport (Inc.), of New York, N. Y.

Whereas section 2 of the act of Congress, approved on the 29th day of April, 1930, entitled "An act to amend the air mail act of February 2, 1925, as amended by the acts of June 3, 1926, and May. 17, 1928, further to encourage commercial aviation," is as follows:

The Postmaster General may, if in his judgment the public interest will be promoted thereby, upon the surrender of any air-mail contract, issue in substitution therefor a route certificate for a period of not exceeding ten years from the date service started under such contract to any contractor or subcontractor who has satisfactorily operated an air-mail route for a period of not less than two years, which certificate shall provide that the holder thereof shall have the right, so long as he complies with all rules, regulations, and orders that may be issued by

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