Wiley Post’s Winnie Mae circled the globe two times, shattering previous records. The first time was in 1931 with Weems associate Harold Gatty as lead navigator. The second was a solo flight in 1933 assisted by “Mechanical Mike,” one of the world’s first practical autopilots.
This artifact will go on display in the Time and Navigation exhibition, scheduled to open at the National Air and Space Museum in 2013.
Image Number: NASM 2005-15710
Credit: Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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