Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pop History Moment: The Final Flight of Wiley Post and Will Rogers

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At the time of their deaths on this day in 1935, Wiley Post was as beloved for his aeronautical derring-do as his friend Will Rogers was for his insights into world affairs. As seen here, that's Rogers in the hat and tie, standing on the wing.

They died just outside Barrow, Alaska in an entirely preventable disaster, at the outset of a flight around the world. There are three monuments to the friends there; the airport in Barrow is named for them, and there are a pair of markers closer to the crash site, one of which they share with Alaska's victims of World War II.
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Seumas Gagne said...

My Dad loved will Rogers. I think his plain style of speech and the fact that he rose to such prominence without an east coast or European college education was heartening to my Dad.