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Tue, Sep 18, 2007

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.18.07)

Aero-Linx!

Scouring the information super airways can sometimes be a tough, if educational, task for the Aero-News staff... but it also allows us to check out some truly neat and exciting sites, so it's not that bad a gig. On any given day, we may check dozens (and often hundreds) of different sources for story ideas, and facts confirmation. And, as is the nature of our business, much of this is done on the Internet.

The ANN gang decided we probably shouldn't keep some of the neat sites, info resources, and organizations we've discovered to ourselves... so we decided to bring you Aero-Linx. These are the sites that WE check out -- when we need added perspective, a new spin on a day's topic... or just want to escape into cyber-aero-space for awhile.

Look for some of our favorite sites, coming each day to ANN via Aero-Linx. Suggestions for future Aero-Linx segments are always welcome, as well.

Aero-Linx: Air Mail Pioneers

This website is dedicated to the men and women of the US Air Mail Service, a little-remembered organization that laid the foundation for commercial aviation worldwide. With the cooperation of the US Air Service, the US Post Office flew the mail from 1918 until 1927. Air Mail Service pilots are the unsung heroes of early aviation. In their frail Jennies and postwar de Havillands, they battled wind, snow, and sleet to pioneer round-the-clock airmail service along the world's longest air route, the US transcontinental. In the process, thirty-four pilots lost their lives. Through pilot profiles, photographs and historical articles, this site brings to life the human drama of those days in aviation's infancy.

FMI: www.airmailpioneers.org/

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