Aviation Stinson SR-10F
Allegheny Airlines (and by extension, the now giant US Air) began life
as an air mail pick up
company serving small
communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This blurry shot
a Stinson grabbing the
mail via a cable at Irwin, PA in 1943. The incoming mail was
and the outgoing mail
snagged, in a bag tied with a wire between the two poles.
This "goal post"
technique was developed by
Dr. Lytle Adams, and was able to provide air mail service to
communities with no regular landing fields. (Actually 58 small
towns were eventually served in
this way). Starting
with three SR-10s, the fleet grew to eleven machines by the end of WW
In 1949 AAA gave up its air mail business in
favor of passenger services when it was granted a
certificate and graduated to DC-3s.