Maene worked as a mechanic for the U.S. Air Mail Service
from 1/21/19 to 2/29/20. An article in Aerial
Age Weekly of January 12, 1920 discusses his being abroad
with Capt. Walter Stevens as he piloted a Martin bomber
out of College Park Airfield in a huge snowstorm carrying
over 1000 lbs. of mail. Mechanics often flew on
such a journey, if needed.
U.S. Air Mail Service also flew Curtiss R4 and DeHavilland
DH-4s from the College Park Airfield. The photo
here shows Victor Maene standing on the wing of the
plane at College Park on a Curtiss R-4.
Photo and information
courtesy of Catherine V. Allen, College Park Aviation
Museum, Department of Parks and Recreation, Maryland-National
Capital Park and Planning Commission.