Thursday, November 29, 2018

First Thanksgiving Meal Served In the Air, Nov. 29, 1918

From the Wilson Daily Times, Nov. 29, 1918

First Ariel Banquet Is Served On Airplane 2,800 Feet Above New Flying Field by U.S. Air Mail Service

Elizabeth, N.J., Nov. 28—The first aerial banquet in history was held today on an airplane 2,800 feet above the new flying field of the United States air mail service here, marking the inauguration of the field as the terminus of the aerial mail service being New York, Philadelphia and Washington.

A few minutes after the mail plain, on charge of Pilot Max Miller left the field at 12:10 this afternoon a big Handley-Page machine rose under control of Captain E.B. Waller of the Royal Flying forces, and during a flight of 22 minutes above the grounds, a real Thanksgiving dinner was served to nine persons. Among the guests were Captain Benjamin B. Lipsner, superintendent of the Aerial Mail service, and Allan R. Hawley, Augustus Post, and other officials of the Aero Club of America.

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