The Winnie Mae on Display

When it debuted in 1927, the Lockheed Vega made other single-engine planes obsolete. It quickly became the preferred choice for many record setters. Post modified the Winnie Mae with long-range fuel tank, a hatch on top for celestial sightings, and side ports for drift sightings.

Caption:
Wiley Post extensively modified the Winnie Mae for his 1931 around-the-world flight with Harold Gatty.
Type: Photograph
Image Date: June 9, 2005
Image Taken: National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Origin: National Air and Space Museum
Creator: Dane A. Penland
NASM 2005-15710
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Wiley Post extensively modified the Winnie Mae for his 1931 around-the-world flight with Harold Gatty.