Wiley Hardeman Post
American aviator and first pilot to fly solo around the world
“Mae, when I met you it was love at first sight! Will you marry me?”
November 22, 1898
Grand Saline, Texas
August 15, 1935
Wiley Post was a mechanically gifted pilot. He could visualize something, design it, build it with help if needed (as he did the pressure suit with BF Goodrich Company). Wiley lived and worked to fly.
LIVING HISTORY PERFORMER: Tim Hauter
Tim was formerly a banker and currently serves as a church minister. He became a pilot influenced by the TV Show, “Sky King.”
- August 27, 1930 won first prize in a National Air Derby (air race) from Los Angeles to Chicago in 9 hours, 49 minutes and 2 seconds
- Honors and awards included: Distinguished Flying Cross in 1932; Gold Medal of Belgium in 1934; International Harmon Trophy in 1934; and others after his death.
Wiley Post set a number of records in Winnie Mae, a Lockheed Vega 5C.
- June 23, 1931 First man to fly with a navigator (Harold Gatty) around the world in record time of 8 days, 5 hours and 51 minutes.
- July 16, 1933 Flew solo around the world in record time of 7 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes, 21 hours less than his previous record.
- September 5, 1934 Post designed a high altitude pressure suit, began exploring the limits of high-altitude flight and discovered the ‘Jet Stream’ in the process.