Pigeons are way faster:
Their average flying speed over moderate 965 km (600 miles) distances is around 97 km/h (60 miles per hour) and speeds of up to 160 km/h (100 miles per hour) have been observed in top racers for short distances.
Where the direct distance from Paris to London is 344 kilometers (214 miles).
Therefore: 344km / 97km/h = 3.546391753h, ...
The French Postal Service started operation in the fifteenth century and by 1632 - 150 years before your inquiry - there was already a network of over 623 coaching inns operated by it across the length and breadth of France - typically about seven miles apart. These coaching inns provided refreshment, accommodation and fresh teams for all travelers, not just ...
Post stages existed in France (and elsewhere in Europe) before the Revolution
where horses would be exchanged along the route
The Wikipedia article Stage station deals more about the 19th century than the 18th century, but otherwise gives a good overview on how the system worked.
It also explains the Origin of the name posting:
Medieval couriers were ...
No idea if the story occurred exactly as described, but FWIW it is plausible.
Louis XVI sought to flee his plight during the French Revolution a few years later. A number of things went wrong after he left with his family during the night: he opted for a slow, heavy coach instead of the two light ones that had been recommended to him so the family wouldn't ...
By 1939 around 100 permanent airfields had been constructed.
Year Military Licensed Civil
1935 60 90
1940 280 0
1950 270 90
1955 210 105
1960 130 115
According to the Aeroplane Directory, in 1945 the UK contained 720 operational service airfields (including flying-boat bases), occupying in total ...