Born near Grand Saline, Texas, Wiley Hardeman Post was a famed American aviator and the first pilot to fly solo around the world. Post is 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, is featured in the new “Time and Navigation” gallery at the National Air and Space Museum.
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