The Early Days of Aviation and Wiley Post

On the 120th anniversary of the birth of Wiley Post, his feats of courage in flight demonstrate the possibilities of human potential.

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When Wiley Post flew around the world in fewer than eight days in 1933, he did so with only one working eye. The trip was the first solo flight around the world, and, upon his return, Post was an undisputed pioneer in the still-recent field of aviation.

Post was killed in 1935, along with Will Rogers, while he was flying the latter through Alaska in a modified aircraft. Throughout his life as an oil field worker, barnstormer, and private pilot, Post sought adventure with a ravenous yearning. In 1938, Lieutenant Beirne Lay, Jr.’s “No More Glamour,” a harrowing account of cross-country flight in this magazine, disregarded the notion that flying no longer held the perils and thrill of its early days. Lay’s story salutes the mavericks of his trade, like Earhart and Post, and pays homage to their courageous journeys.

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Read “No More Galmour” by Lt. Beirne Lay. Published in the Post on October 22, 1938

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Comments

  1. Many years ago I saw the movie “The Will Rogers Story in a theatre in New York. That was the first I heard of Wiley Post. Wish I could see that movie again.

  2. Thanks for the link of the 1938 feature on Wiley you included here. It really leaves you on the edge of your seat. It’s amazing he wasn’t killed before he was. The very idea of flying 10 hours without a break alone is terrifying. There are so many unpredictable factors you can never fully be prepared for, no matter what, that’s still true in the present (and future too) regardless of technological advances.

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