It’s hard to believe in this day of instant messaging, but at the turn of the 20th century mail delivery tooks weeks or even months.

All that began to change on July 9, 1918 when American Katherine Stinson was performing at the Calgary Exhibition grounds in her Curtiss Special biplane. As a promotion for the event, she was given a sack of 259 letters, which she flew 300 kilometres north to Edmonton, arriving to great fanfare.

“Girl Aviator Flies with Mail From Calgary to Edmonton — Gets Great Reception From Fair Crowd,” read the The Edmonton Bulletin. It was the first delivery of mail by air in western Canada and only the second airmail flight in all of Canada.

Join the Alberta Aviation Museum Saturday for a celebration of this important anniversary in our aviation history. Write your own postcard and drop it in our mailbox. The cards will be sent to the Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary for display.

Enjoy a short theatrical reenactment of the Katherine Stinson’s historic role with the museum’s replica Curtiss Stinson Special aircraft.

This is a family-friendly event with tours and activities for visitors of all ages.

When: Saturday July 7, 2010 10:00am to 4:30pm

(Reenactments at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm)

Where: Alberta Aviation Museum, 11410 Kingsway NW

For more information contact:

Steve Finkelman

Communications Coordinator