Wiley Post flies solo around the world

Wiley Post flies solo around the world

American aviator Wiley Post returns to Floyd Bennet Field in New York, having flown solo around the world in 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes. He was the first aviator to accomplish the feat. Post, instantly recognizable by the patch he wore over one eye, began the journey on July 15, flying nonstop to Berlin. After a brief rest, he flew on to the Soviet Union, where he made several stops before returning to North America with stops in Alaska, Canada, and finally New York. As part of a two-man team, he had already flown around the world in 1931. In 1935, he was attempting to fly across the North Pole to the USSR with American humorist Will Rogers when both were killed in an air crash in Alaska.