Wiley Post

1898 - 1935

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Wiley Hardeman Post (November 22, 1898 – August 15, 1935) was a famed American aviator during the interwar period and the first pilot to fly solo around the world. Also known for his work in high-altitude flying, Post helped develop one of the first pressure suits and discovered the jet stream. On August 15, 1935, Post and American humorist Will Rogers were killed when Post's aircraft crashed on takeoff from a lagoon near Point Barrow in the Territory of Alaska. Post's Lockheed Vega aircraft, the Winnie Mae, was on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wiley Post has received more than 474,112 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Wiley Post is the 383rd most popular explorer (down from 359th in 2019), the 8,168th most popular biography from United States and the 28th most popular American Explorer.

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Among explorers, Wiley Post ranks 383 out of 405Before him are Vassili Poyarkov, Johann Ludwig Krapf, John Moresby, Herbert Ponting, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, and Tom Crean. After him are Allan Cunningham, Elisha Kent Kane, Matthew Henson, Boyd Alexander, Adolphus Greely, and Edgeworth David.

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Among people born in 1898, Wiley Post ranks 222Before him are Vilho Lampi, Maria Klenova, Lee Garmes, Owen Barfield, Jadwiga Smosarska, and Konstantinos Dovas. After him are Ariel Durant, Eleanor Boardman, Roy Harris, Baby Dodds, Stephen Vincent Benét, and Harry Watson. Among people deceased in 1935, Wiley Post ranks 114Before him are Herbert Giles, Leroy Carr, Aimé Haegeman, Herbert Ponting, Charles Kingsford Smith, and José Sánchez-Guerra y Martínez. After him are Alfred Ewing, Adolphus Greely, Patricio Arabolaza, Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, and Edwin Arlington Robinson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Wiley Post ranks 8,168 out of 15,968Before him are Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806), John Schofield (1831), Willie Garson (1964), Hugh Marlowe (1911), Hiram Fong (1906), and Chloe Webb (1956). After him are Deborah Raffin (1953), Tony MacAlpine (1960), Daniel Bashiel Warner (1815), Beah Richards (1920), Sean Paul Lockhart (1986), and Carly Fiorina (1954).

Among EXPLORERS In United States

Among explorers born in United States, Wiley Post ranks 28Before him are Charles Wilkes (1798), Louise Arner Boyd (1887), John Wesley Powell (1834), Charles Francis Hall (1821), Frederick Russell Burnham (1861), and Benjamin Morrell (1795). After him are Elisha Kent Kane (1820), Matthew Henson (1866), Adolphus Greely (1844), Isaac Israel Hayes (1832), and Ann Bancroft (1955).