Around the World

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 Zepplin. On June 23, 1931, Post and his navigator, Harold Gatty left 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 1933, Post repeated his flight around the world, this time using the auto-pilot and compass in place of his navigator and becoming the first to accomplish the feat alone.