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Aviator Wiley Post, originally from Grand Saline, Texas, completed his record-setting around-the-world solo flight on July 22, 1933. He piloted the Winnie Mae from Floyd Bennett Field in New York on July 15 on a non-stop flight to Berlin and continued with several stops through the Soviet Union, Alaska, and Canada.

Post finished the 15,596-mile flight in seven days, 18 hours, 49 minutes, on July 22, with use of navigational instruments. He became the first solo aviator to do so.

Post and aviator Harold Gatty set a previous record in 1931 by flying a route further north in eight days also on the Winnie Mae. The Lockheed Vega monoplane was equipped with a direction radio and a Sperry automatic pilot.

Post died in a storm near Point Barrow, Alaska, in August 1935, when attempting to fly over the North Pole to the USSR with humorist Will Rogers. Read more about the Salt Palace Museum in Grand Saline for more information and artifacts from Post's daring career.

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