On June 13, 1910, aviator Charles K. Hamilton did something that had never been done before: he made a round-trip flight between New York City and Philadelphia.
Piloting a small Curtis bi-plane, his average speed was right around 50 miles per hour — and the trip there and back needed just over three and a half hours of flying time. For his effort, he was paid $5000 by the New York Times.
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The photo captions:
The Start From Governor’s Island, Monday, June 13
Hamilton’s Mother and Sister on The Train
A Scene Typical at Every Railroad Station
The Crowds At North Penn Junction, Philadelphia
The airship above the “Times” special at Monmouth Junction