Between 15th and 22nd July, Wiley Post made the first successful solo flight around the world, in a single engine Lockheed Vega named "Winnie Mae". He had previously accomplished the same feat, but accompanied by his navigator Harold Gatty, in 1931, when they beat the record set by the Graf Zeppelin and completed the journey in eight days, fifteen hours and fifty-one minutes. This included a hundred and six hour stretch when neither Post nor Gatty slept.
One of the most colourful figures in early aviation - with his ever-present eye-patch - Post set numerous records before being killed in a crash near Point Barrow, Alaska, in 1935. His companion on the flight, the humourist Will Rogers, also lost his life.