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July 22, 1933: Wiley Post completes first solo around-the-world flight in 7 Days

On this day in 1933, American aviator Wiley Post returned to New York after traveling 15,596 miles in the first solo around-the-world flight.  The flight lasted 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes, during which time Post made 11 stops for fuel and rest. 

Post’s plane, the Winnie Mae (named for his daughter), is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  In 1931, he completed an 8-day around-the-world trip on this plane along with navigator Harold Gatty.

Learn more about aviation milestones with this American Experience timeline.

Photo: “Winnie Mae” a Lockheed Vega aircraft of Wiley Post, when it was on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Wikimedia Commons.

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