Travel back in time with vintage planes used for mail deliveries

You might have seen three vintage airplanes land at the Benton Airpark on Wednesday.

You might have seen three vintage airplanes land at the Benton Airpark on Wednesday.

They were there as part of a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of U.S Airmail Service.

A local antique car club also joined the celebration by bringing vintage cars from the early 1900s.

The United States Post Office had a temporary post office at the air center to sell anniversary stamps and other mementos.

The 2018 Airmail team is retracing the pioneering west coast airmail route from 1926 starting San Diego to Seattle from May 13-18, 2018. The letters would be carried on to Seattle on the Biplanes and then mailed back to the originators, circling back around.

"We're flying the airmail routes. We're landing at the same airports that we possibly can and I just want to put my mind back.. that mountain, railroad, creek, fence post was there. We can put our minds back in time," said the lead pilot of the 2018 airmail team, Addison Pemberton.

While some stopped by for a history lesson, Sara Beldan from Redding hopes to become a pilot herself.

"Well, I thought it was really neat to see the pilots and the planes out here. So I thought it would be neat to see them and the history of the route," said Beldan.

76-year-old Alan Holloway who traveled with the airmail team said he built one of the vintage plane engines and still builds.

"Well, I think you'll learn a lot about early aviation. When the 1918 first airmail and you can look and see how we progressed in 1918."

Pemberton said the next event won't be until the 200th anniversary.

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