The one-eyed oil worker who invented an early spacesuit
March 1, 2016 - Uncategorized
Post in his atmospheric pressure suit.
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Raised by cotton farmers in Texas and Oklahoma, Wiley Post first glimpsed a plane in flight in 1913 at a county fair. He was 15 years old.
Desperate to fly, he enrolled in aviation school and tried to join the U.S. Army Air Service, but did not get a chance to get in the cockpit
He worked for a time as a roughneck in the oil fields of the southwest, where he was was jailed for more than a year for armed robbery
He finally got his chance to fly when he joined Burrell Tibbs’ Flying Circus as a parachute jumper, while continuing to work in the oil industry as his main source of income. Read more…