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Wiley Post
Birth: Nov. 22, 1898
Van Zandt County
Texas, USA
Death: Aug. 15, 1935
North Slope Borough
Alaska, USA

Pioneer Aviator. He began his career in the early 1920s as a barnstormer pilot, often performing as a parachute jumper. He lost an eye, but learned to fly in spite of that handicap, and was always seen with his distinctive black eye patch. He gained fame as an aerial racer in the early 1930s, winning the Bendix Trophy while flying in his signature airplane "Winne Mae". He twice completed a single plane round-the-world flight (in 1931, he did it in 8 days, 16 hours, in 1933 he bettered his mark by doing it in 7 Days, 19 hours), and pioneered a number of aviation inventions, including the automatic pilot and the high-altitude pressure suit. Friends with humorist Will Rogers, they were both killed in a crash Wiley Post was piloting over Alaska on August 15, 1935. In 1979 the United States Postal Service honored him on a US Airmail Stamp. A Memorial for him and Will Rogers stand today in Nehalem, Alaska, near where their plane went down. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
Family links: 
  William Francis Post (1869 - 1946)
  May Quinlan Post (1873 - 1959)
  Mae Laine Post (1909 - 1984)*
  Arthur Houston Post (1893 - 1978)*
  Wiley Post (1898 - 1935)
  Louis Byron Post (1903 - 1988)*
  D. Gordon Post (1910 - 1988)*
*Calculated relationship
Memorial Park Cemetery
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Section 48
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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On this day in 1931, Texas native Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off in an attempt to fly around the world. Post, born at Corinth in Van Zandt County, was one of the best-known fliers in the world. He and Gatty circled the globe in 8 days, 15 hours, and...(Read more)
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