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Contract Air Mail Route No. 34

Inaugural Date: October 25, 1930
New York - Los Angeles

Transcontinental and Western Air’s (later TWA / Trans World Airways) Contract Air Mail Route 34 service was known as the Central Transcontinental Route and was scheduled to become operative simultaneously with Contract Air Mail Route 33, but the airline was not ready.

This was a passenger route as well as a mail route. Since the airway was not fully lighted for night flying, Kansas City was the operational layover city. The route was inaugurated in two major sections between the East Coast and the West Coast: New York to Kansas City, and Los Angeles to Kansas City.

When Transcontinental and Western Air inaugurated Contract Air Mail Route 34 service on October 25, 1930, the airway was not fully lighted for night flying.

On April 20, 1931, Transcontinental & Western Air began the first 24-hour coast-to-coast all-air mail service with night flying and a change of planes in Kansas City, Missouri using 6-passenger, open-cockpit Northrop Alphas with cruising speed of 150 MPH.

According to the above POD Notice, Post Office Department, dated October 6, 1930, this flight was still scheduled for inauguration on October 15.

CAM-34W1

New York to Los Angeles - as listed in AAMC.

Black first flight cachet Type 34.

CAM-34W3

Harrisburg Dispatch - Specially Printed Envelope

Possible new listing - 6E1c
CAM-6W3c

CAM-34W7Sf

Saint Louis Airfield Dispatch - Pilot Autograph

CAM-34E16

Los Angeles Dispatch - Postage Meter Imprint

270 lbs. mail flown from Los Angeles.

Cachet Type 34q

Pilot: L. Nelson

Possible new listing - 6E1c
CAM-6W3c

CAM-34

Night Flight - Indianapolis Dispatch

CAM-34

Night Flight - Columbus Dispatch

Possible new listing - 6E1c
CAM-6W3c

CAM-34

Night Flight - Newark Dispatch

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