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Park was a small field with a railroad track along the west side, hills on the east side, a large fish pond on the north and buildings to the south. He succeeded in making a satisfactory approach and just as the wheels touched down the plane lived up to its reputation and bounced back up again, then climbed higher on a sudden wind gust. DeHart gave the engine full throttle and circled for a second try which fortunately was successful, coming to a stop near the hangar doors. There, the ground crew was ready and held the plane down while he taxied safely into the hangar. As DeHart had approached the field he saw Biffle's plane. That pilot had failed to leave for New York. Reportedly this was the first cross-country flight made during conditions rated as "hurricane" by the U.S. Weather Bureau. For this DeHart was awarded a Citation from the British Air Attache and the United States Post Office Department. This pioneering of all-weather daily-scheduled flying with planes of that day, equipped with only a compass for navigation was easily the toughest assignment in the history of early aviation. DeHart had become known as "Daddy" among the airmail men, and was in charge of compass work on the Washington-New York route. He was a consistent all-weather pilot, never hesitating to attempt a flight no matter how serious the elements. His airmail log recorded 179 trips, covering 20,325 miles, with only seven interrupted flights and five uncompleted trips. With a rating of first in number of flights, one-third more mileage flown than any other mail pilot during his first year of service, and with only a broken propeller against his record, DeHart decided not to stretch his luck any further and resigned to enter into less hazardous aviation business. Together with Gilbert C. Budwin, another airmail pilot buddy of his, DeHart established and became owner of the Queens Village Airport, Long Island. This business was known as the Queens Aerial Transportation Company, and advertised "Flight Instruction, Passenger Carrying, Aerial Advertising and Exhibitions." 5
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