Wiley Post’s Autopilot “Mechanical Mike”

Wiley Post’s Autopilot “Mechanical Mike”
Post used this Sperry Gyroscope Company prototype for the first generation production autopilot on his 1933 around-the-world flight.  Known as “Mechanical Mike,” the autopilot allowed him to simultaneously fly and navigate.
  • WEB13149-2013

  • Copyright/Owner: Smithsonian Institution
  • Source: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
  • Photographer: Eric Long
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