CAM 16 (Contract Air Mail Route 16) extended from Cleveland, Ohio, to Louisville, Kentucky, with intermediate
stops in Akron, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati. The route was opened for bids by the Post Office as a
feeder route to the New York to San Francisco transcontinental air mail route.
On October 10, 1927, Continental Air Lines Inc., no relation to the current Continental Airlines, was
organized by a group of businessmen in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was the successful bidder on CAM 16. Service
was inaugurated over the route with three Travel Air 4000 aircraft and one Stearman C3MB (NC6496) on
August 1, 1928. Continental’s pilots would fly segments of the route, transferring the mail between aircraft at
Within six weeks Continental Air Lines and its CAM 16 contract became part of the Universal Air Lines
System headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Universal consisted of Robertson Aircraft Corp. (Chicago–St.
Louis–Kansas City), Universal Air Lines Inc. (Cleveland–Toledo–Chicago–Rochester–St. Paul–Minneapolis),
Northern Airlines (St. Paul–Minneapolis–Alexandria–Wahpeton–Fargo), and Continental. By 1931,
Universal (Continental) was part of the American Airways system predecessor of the current
Charles Lindbergh was chief pilot for Robertson Aircraft Corp., Continental’s
Midwestern partner in the Universal Air Lines System, prior to his famed transAtlantic flight. The Universal Air Lines System offered passenger service on some
of its routes. In 1929 a round-trip ticket between Cleveland and Kansas City
cost $190 and had a 25-minute connection in Chicago, not a lot different
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