Joshua Morrison/News Kathy Cretella, left, of the Mount Vernon Post Office hands over a mail bag to Waco pilot Steve Zoerlein of St. Charles, Illinois, Thursday morning. The reenactment is in celebration of 100 years of airmail of which Waco planes served an important role.

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Kathy Cretella, left, of the Mount Vernon Post Office hands over a mail bag to Waco pilot Steve Zoerlein of St. Charles, Illinois, Thursday morning. The reenactment is in celebration of 100 years of airmail of which Waco planes served an important role. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — The annual National Waco Reunion is back in Knox County for its 30th year at Wynkoop Airport, kicking off the weekend of events with a salute to the 100th anniversary of airmail services.

Using planes to carry mail began in 1918 as a way to reach people at further distances faster than regular carrier mail. The task was originally carried out by the military through the government, but the responsibility of mail carrying was later opened up to private carriers, explained Tom Woodburn, a volunteer and pilot with the Waco club.

The earliest routes were transcontinental with few stops, and in 1926 started feeder routes which delivered mail by air to more places within the United States.

 

Chelsea Olms: 740-397-5333 or chelsea@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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