Be sure to visit the web site of The Air Mail Pioneers
Night Flying Division
Planes flew the New York to San Fransisco
route 24 hours a day -- pony express style -- covering different
sections. Emergency air fields were placed every 25 miles. Alice Marks' father
was caretaker of McGirr Field, the first stop west of Chicago in the night
section -- Chicago, Ill. to Omaha, Neb., -- the flat plain states. He was
to be on duty from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily to light the field and be ready
for any emergency landing, the only time air mail planes landed at his field.
But there were many of those times because of bad weather or mechanical problems.
maps copyright 1999, Alice E. Marks