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Tuesday, November 22, 1898. :   Wiley Post, who was the first pilot to fly solo around the world, is born.

     Wiley Hardeman Post was born on 22 November 1898, in Van Zandt County, Texas. Always keen to fly, Post became a parachutist for the flying circus "Burrell Tibbs and His Texas Topnotch Fliers" when he was 26 years old. Undaunted by an oil field accident which cost him his left eye in 1926, Post became the personal pilot of wealthy Oklahoma oilmen Powell Briscoe and F C Hall. In 1930, Hall bought a single-engine Lockheed Vega and nicknamed it Winnie Mae, after his daughter. Post's first claim to fame was flying the Winnie Mae to win the National Air Race Derby, from Los Angeles to Chicago.

On 23 June 1931, Post and navigator Harold Gatty left Long Island, New York in the Winnie Mae to fly around the world. They made fourteen stops along the way, including Newfoundland, England, Germany, the Soviet Union, Alaska, Alberta, Canada and Cleveland, Ohio before returning to Roosevelt Field on Long Island. They arrived back on July 1 after travelling nearly 25,000 kilometres in the record time of 8 days, 15 hours and 51 minutes.


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Thought For Today
The Lord takes pleasure in his people; he honours the humble with victory.
Psalms 149:4 (c) GNB
With the Lord on your side - how can you lose? If you are a blessing to Him in your life, be prepared to receive an abundant blessing.

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