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Wiley Hardeman Post was an American pilot most famous for being the first pilot to fly solo around the world. Born on November 22, 1898 in Texas, Post’s family moved to Oklahoma when he was five years old. In 1913, Wiley first encountered aircrafts at the county fair in Lawton, Oklahoma and he immediately enrolled in Aviation school in Kansas city. He continued training in the US Army Air Service during the first World War, but the war ended before he was able to enlist. His aviation career began at age 26 for a circus. He then became a personal pilot for wealthy Oklahoma oilmen and close friend Will Rogers. In 1933 Post departed on his famous solo flight around the world in 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes. He then helped develop one of the first pressure suits and discovered the jet stream. On an ordinary day, Wiley Post and Will Rogers died in a plane crash during a flight Post had made tons of times. It was August 15, 1935 and Post was just 36 years old. He was inducted posthumously to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2004 to honor his accomplishments in the field of aviation. Additionally, a large FAA designated reliever airport in Oklahoma City is named after Post.
While smaller in size, this sculpture by legendary Leonard McMurry is a stunning monument to honor the pilot.
2000 S Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, 73109
Medium type: Bronze