Rogers and Post Flight
in 1935, world famous aviator Wiley Post and internationally renowned
entertainer, Will Rogers, planned a leisurely around-the-world flight.
Post decided to fly a modified Lockheed Orion, rather than his beloved
Winnie Mae, a special Lockheed Model 5C Vega in which he had
already completed two around-the-world record flights and a series
of special high altitude substratospheric research flights.
stopped off in Aklavik for rest and refuling on August 15th. They
departed Aklavik, bound for Point Barrow, Alaska but ran into low
weather and had to land on a coastal lagoon. When the weather cleared
(presumably) they departed for Barrow and both were killed when the
motor failed just after take-off.
you live life right, death is a joke as far as fear is concerned."
-- Will Rogers