Wiley Post

The July 24 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star included two photographs related to aviator Wiley Post. The first is a picture of his airplane stopping for repairs while in the middle of his solo around the world flight:


And here is a photo of Post with Italian Air Force Marshal Italo Balbo:


Wiley Post (1898-1935) first flew around the world in 1931 with navigator Harold Gatty, travelling 15,474 miles in 8 days, 15 hours, and 51 minutes. The trip made him famous. His 1933 solo trip was even faster, taking 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes. Post died in 1935 when his plane crashed when taking off from a lagoon in Alaska; humorist Will Rogers, his passenger, also passed away in the crash.

Italo Balbo (1896-1940) was one of the leaders of the Italian Fascist movement that brought Benito Mussolini to power in 1922. Balbo, however, was opposed to anti-semitism and also opposed the alliance with Nazi Germany. Possibly for this reason, he was appointed the governor of Libya. He was accidentally killed by friendly fire during World War II.


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