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

About this story

Source publication: Los Angeles Herald Sunday Magazine

Source publication date: 10 July 1910

Filed under: 1910s, Discoveries & inventions, Newspapers, Photos & photography

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