Wiley Post, solo flight

po_Post-WileyWiley Hardeman Post (November 22, 1898 – August 15, 1935) was a famed American aviator during the period known as the Golden Age of Aviation, the first pilot to fly solo around the world.

Also known for his work in high-altitude flying, Post helped develop one of the first pressure suits and discovered the jet stream. On August 15, 1935, Post and American humorist Will Rogers were killed when Post’s aircraft crashed on takeoff from a lagoon near Point Barrow in the Territory of Alaska.

Post‍ ’s Lockheed Vega aircraft, the Winnie Mae, was on display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center from 2003 to 2011. It is now featured in the “Time and Navigation” gallery on the second floor of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.