Wiley Post Flies Around the World Twice

Wiley Post, son of an East Texas cotton farmer, and his Australian navigator took off from a New York airfield on June 23, 1931 on the first attempt by a fixed-wing aircraft to circle the globe.  Eight days, 15 hours and 51 minutes later they were right back they started and heroes second only to “Lucky Lindy.”

The next year, the one-eyed aviator made the same flight solo shaving 21 hours off his record.  But in August 1935 Post and his even more famous passenger, humorist Will Rogers, perished in a plane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska.

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