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as a Special Air Parcel Post Carrier on "Experimental" Route No. 604603 from Boston to New York with stops at Providence, Rhode Island, New London, New Haven, and Bridgeport, Connecticut and New York.

  On January 13th Jones started on this flight from Franklin Park, Boston, carrying 25 pounds of parcel post and letters to some of the mayors along the route.  He also carried packages of Boston baked beans which he planned to distribute on his stops.  He reached Providence the first day all in good order, but when he attempted to take off for New London on January 16th he bogged down in soft ground and smashed up, wrecking his plane although he was not injured.  The plane needed major repairs so he was not able to leave there until February 15th.  From that point on he was beset with fog, bad weather, and inexperience, making progress very slow, but he did not give up.  His next stop was Mystic, Connecticut, where he spent the night.  Leaving Mystic the next morning, February 16th, he flew over New London and landed at the Connecticut National Guard campgrounds at Niantic, Connecticut.  Due to weather conditions he was unable to leave there until February 28th, when he flew to New Haven and landed on the football field at Yale University.  Jones could not get away from there until March 4th when he flew to Bridgeport, landing at Black Rock, in a western section of the city.  He left Bridgeport March 5th and flew to Rye, New York, landing on the golf course.  Weather again delayed him until March 9th when he left Rye and headed for Governors Island, his final destination.  While flying at about 1,300 feet five miles west of Rye his engine quit.  Descending he encountered some very gusty air near the ground, hit a sea wall and came to rest in some mud flats offshore.  Jones was not injured but his plane was badly wrecked.  Discouraged, he made the last thirteen miles of his journey by rail to New York where he faithfully delivered the parcel post to the Postmaster.

  Again he had to rebuild his plane, and on March 22nd left Rye at midnight to fly to Governors Island.  This was probably the first midnight cross-country

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