Jack Knight’s Brave Flight: How One Gutsy Pilot Saved the U.S. Air Mail Service by Jill Esbaum

By Colleen Hybl

Nowadays, people are used to having their mail flown across the country, but in 1921 air mail was struggling, due to pilots crashing and lawmakers wanting to end it. To prove air mail was faster than trains, pilots did a relay across the United States. After Jack Knight made his flight to Cheyenne, Wyoming, he discovered the pilot who was to replace him could not make it, which meant he did the next flight to Chicago in freezing temperatures and on very little sleep. Readers will be riveted by this true story of how Jack Knight's Brave Flight, opens a new window helped the progress of the U.S. Air Mail Service.