|JOHNSON'S FLYING SERVICE, 1922|
|Walter prepares for passenger flight.|
IS POLICY OF DAYTON FIRM
Johnson Flying Service Finds $1.50 Hop Is Economically Possible.
DAWN TO DUSK SCHEDULE WILL BE MAINTAINED
Action Puts Aviation on Amusement Bill of Everyone for First Time.
First definite action in the middle west towards providing airplane rides within the reach of everyone's purse was taken last night by Johnson's Flying Service, Inc., Wilmington pike, when decision was reached to make $1.50 a ride a permanent proposition.
This was decided on after a careful study of maintenance costs during the seven-day period recently when passengers were carried at that rate as a means of raising money for the Lorain relief fund. The research showed that by doing a volume of business it is economically possible to give a ride for $1.50
The new price rate will go into effect today. The same airplanes as formerly used will be put into service for rides and a dawn to dusk flying schedule will be carried out daily.
E. A. Johnson, head of the firm, reported last night that more than 1,000 persons took advantage of the reduced rates to make their initial airplane flight during the relief drive. The committee received 50 cents on each ride, which amounted to $488.50 for the week.
Ships in operation at the Johnson flying park have flown far enough during the last few years to have girdled the globe 16 times, the latest report shows. The total mileage is 388,863.
During that period, 12,664 passengers were carried, 505 cross-country flights made and 70 advertising projects carried out in the air. The total number of flights amounts to 17,467.
Another record of which the company is proud is the fact that the pilots have more continuous flying to their credit than is found in another single civilian organization in the country. Walter Lees, chief pilot, has been flying 12 consecutive years, J. M. Johnson 10 years and E. A. Johnson nine years