TERMINUS OF THE FIRST COMMERCIAL AIR MAIL ROUTE

On April 6, 1926, Varney Air Lines pilot Leon Cuddeback carried one bag of mail and landed his tiny Curtiss Swallow biplane at Elko, Nevada, completing the first scheduled Air Mail run in the United States.

The single-engine 90 horsepower aircraft had taken off from Pasco, Washington, stopped in Boise, Idaho for fuel and mail, then completed the 460 mile flight to Elko.  The Varney contract was awarded October, 27, 1925, at a rate of 8 cents an ounce.  Varney sold to Boeing, which merged with United Airlines in 1931.