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Post, Wiley

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Born: 1900 AD
Died: 1935 AD, at 34 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Aviators

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1899 - Born on November 22nd near Grand Saline, Texas. He was one of the most colourful figures of the early years of U.S. aviation, who set many records, including the first solo flight around the world.

1931 - Post made his first around-the-world flight June 23rd to July 1st, accompanied by Harold Gatty as navigator; later that year their account of the trip was published as Around the World in Eight Days.

1933 - Post achieved his solo record two years later—July 15th to 22nd. He covered a total of 15,596 miles (25,089 kilometers) in 7 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes. On this flight Post proved the value of navigation instruments, including the automatic pilot.

1935 - He and a passenger, the humorist Will Rogers, were killed when his plane crashed on August 15th near Point Barrow, Alaska.

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