Hamilton Metalplane H-47 NC7522
Northwest established permanent passenger services with a
fleet of nine Hamilton Metalplanes in
Most of NWA's Metalplanes were H-47's, although they also had some of
the earlier H-45
model which were
later updated to include the (mainly increased baggage capacity)
of the H-47.
Eight passengers were carried. In September of 1928 Northwest
became the first
airline in the U.S.
(possibly the world) to establish co-ordinated air-rail service.
Seen above is a
Hamilton loading freight
and mail from a Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Railway Express Agency
(1928's UPS) truck in evidence.