Westport Radio Compass Indicator

Wiley Post used this radio compass for a nonstop stratospheric transcontinental flight attempt in his Lockheed Vega plane, the Winnie Mae. He had to position the square antenna “loop” manually to home in on commercial broadcast radio stations.

Caption:
Used by Wiley Post on his Lockheed Vega 5-C Winnie Mae, 1934-35.
Type: Artifact
Image Date: 2012
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Creator: Eric Long
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Used by Wiley Post on his Lockheed Vega 5-C Winnie Mae, 1934-35.