Wiley Post’s Autopilot “Mechanical Mike”

Wiley Post’s Autopilot “Mechanical Mike”
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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.


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