Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae

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    High wing cantilevered monoplane with monocoque fuselage, fixed landing gear, ground adjustable propeller.

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    Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae

    High wing cantilevered monoplane with monocoque fuselage, fixed landing gear, ground adjustable propeller.

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    Wiley Post

    Wiley Post became the first to fly solo around the world and set a record for speed when he landed his Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae at Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island, New York on July 22, 1933, where he started 7 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes, 20 seconds earlier. This photo shows him standing in front of his Winnie Mae.

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    Winnie Mae

    Wiley Post's Winnie Mae being installed in the new Time and Navigation gallery at the Museum in Washington, DC.
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    Winnie Mae's fuselage

    The fuselage of Wiley Post's Winnie Mae being lifted by crane to the second floor of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, for installation in the new Time and Navigation exhibit, currently under construction.
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    Winnie Mae's Wing

    The wing of Wiley Post's Winnie Mae being lifted by crane to the second floor of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC for installation in the new Time and Navigation exhibit, currently under construction.
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    Time and Navigation - "Winnie Mae"

    “Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There” opens April 12, 2013 at the National Air and Space Museum.

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    The Winnie Mae Now on Display in ‘Time and Navigation

    The Smithsonian Institution acquired Post’s Lockheed Vega 5C Winnie Mae through an act of Congress.
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    Lockheed Vega "Winnie Mae" on display in "Time and Navigation"

    The Smithsonian Institution acquired Post’s Lockheed Vega 5C Winnie Mae through an act of Congress that authorized funds to acquire it from his widow. The aircraft is currently on display in the museum’s “Time and Navigation” exhibit.

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    Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae

    Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae

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    Lockheed Vega 5C Winnie Mae - Time and Navigation

    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.

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    Wiley Post and Winnie Mae

    Wiley Post flew his Winnie Mae around the world July 15-22, 1933, becoming the first person to do so solo.

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    Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae Panorama

    Panoramic view inside the Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae.

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Time and Navigation exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Flying this specially modified Lockheed 5C Vega, famed aviator Wiley Post set many records and pioneered several aviation technologies. In 1931 Post and navigator Harold Gatty flew it around the world in eight days, and in 1933 Post became the first to fly around the world solo, taking only seven days. In 1935, while wearing the world's first pressure suit, which he helped design, Post flew the Vega into the stratosphere, reaching 547 kilometers (340 miles) per hour while cruising in the jet stream. The Winnie Mae was named for the daughter of F. C. Hall, the original owner and a close friend of Post.

Designed by John K. "Jack" Northrop, the Lockheed Vega first flew in 1927. It was the first aircraft with the NACA cowl, which streamlined the airflow around and through the engine. This decreased drag and increased power plant cooling.