AIRMAIL INTO DEATH VALLEY HISTORIC FLY-IN
LANDING NOVEMBER 12, 2016
THE HISTORY: The year was 1953, and in May, the airport now known as Furnace Creek Airport, had completed its construction and opened for business. Later that year, on November 15th, the first official airmail arrived using that new airport, providing the inhabitants of Death Valley with a more rapid form of mail delivery than before. Airmail Route 105 (AM-105) brought news of family, friends and the world from beyond the mountain walls of Death Valley, and at the speed of aircraft, made the world a bit smaller.
Part of the Death Valley '49ers mission is to bring the history of Death Valley to life. Coming this November, pilots will be able to help us accomplish this, by recreating the airmail service during a one-day event.
The goal of this event is to recreate in part the original airmail route and provide pilots and their passengers with the wonderful experience of both Death Valley and the Death Valley '49ers Encampment.
Pilots and their passengers will fly from their home airport to one of the original airports on the route, pick up a special piece of airmail, and fly it into Death Valley for "cancellation and delivery" by the Death Valley '49ers own Emily Airheart, Aviatrix Extraordinare. They will also receive their membership packets and participation ribbons at check-in, and then fly off into the desert sky, to complete their airmail duties for the day.
This event is meant to be a fun challenge for pilots, as they will plan for fuel, airspace limitations, arrival and departure times, and of course, landing at the Western Hemisphere's lowest airport, 211 feet below sea-level. It is a good opportunity for pilots who wish to become professional pilots, as it also provides unique situations which may help them stand out from their peers.
This event has limited space, and spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pilots must sign up in order to participate, complete all the required paperwork and all participants (pilots and passengers) who wish to claim a piece of airmail must become members of the Death Valley '49ers.
In case all positions become full, a waitlist will be created, also on a first-come, first-served basis. Notification of an open position will occur no later than 2200 on November 10th (0500 GMT).
We hope to see you there!!
PICTURES OF THE INAUGURAL FLY-IN
We had a special treat of seeing a 1937 Staggerwing. Below are some of the pictures of their journey along with the other participants.
Quick Note: Kingman, AZ's FBO does not have staff on the weekends. If you choose to fly to Kingman, simply purchase an item (fuel, food, etc) and get a receipt with a time and date. A letter will be waiting for you in Furnace Creek.
Participating Fixed Base Operators
RENO - ATLANTIC AVIATION CARSON CITY - MOUNTAIN WEST AVIATION
HAWTHORNE - BETTY EASLEY (GREETER) TONOPAH - DESERT FLYING SERVICE
LAS VEGAS - SIGNATURE AVIATION (PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PAY $50 RAMP FEE OR PURCHASE 7 GALLONS OF FUEL, PLUS A $5.00 INFRASTRUCTURE FEE)
BOULDER CITY - B.F.E. LLC PRESCOTT - LEGEND AVIATION
PHOENIX - SWIFT AVIATION (SWIFT IS WAIVING RAMP FEE FOR PARTICIPANTS WITH FUEL PURCHASE)