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June 23, 1931- Post & Gatty Begin World Record Flight On The Winnie Mae

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« on: June 23, 2008, 01:48:30 pm »











Like many pilots at the time, Wiley Post disliked the fact that the speed record for flying around the world was not held by a fixed-wing aircraft, but by the Graf Zeppelin, piloted by Hugo Eckener in 1929 with a time of 21 days.

On June 23, 1931, Post and his navigator, Harold Gatty, left Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York
in the Winnie Mae with a flight plan that would take them around the world, making fourteen stops along the way in Newfoundland, England, Germany, the Soviet Union, Alaska, Alberta, Canada and Cleveland, Ohio before returning to Roosevelt Field.

They arrived back on July 1 after traveling 15,474 miles in the record time of 8 days and 15 hours and 51 minutes.

The reception they received rivaled Lindbergh's everywhere they went.

They had lunch at the White House on July 6, rode in a ticker-tape parade the next day in New York City, and were honored at a banquet given by the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America at
the Hotel Astor.

After the flight, Post acquired the Winnie Mae from F.C. Hall, and he and Gatty published an account of their journey titled, "Around the World in Eight Days", with an introduction by Will Rogers.
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2008, 05:06:25 pm »



Wiley Post (L) and Harold Gatty   



The annotation on the original photograph states:

"Wiley Post and Harold Gatty, at Bettis Field
(Pittsburgh, PA), 7/29/31,

Wiley Post killed in Alaska 8/16/35 along with
the great humorist Will Rogers".

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