Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Wiley Post and the Winnie Mae

Phillips Petroleum’s history with aviation fuel goes back to the the Dole Air Race and the Woolaroc. http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-woolerac-and-tribute-room-at-frank.html

So Phillips took the opportunity for more publicity and provenance of their aviation fuel when former oilfield worker Wiley Post asked for sponsorship on his round the world flight, which finished on July 22, 1933, before 50,000 cheering New York City onlookers, when he landed his Lockheed Vega “Winnie Mae” – becoming the first man to fly solo around the world.

Post developed a close relationship with Frank Phillips, who sponsored Post’s long-distance and high-altitude test flights.




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