Westport Radio Compass Loop Antenna

Wiley Post used this radio compass for a nonstop stratospheric transcontinental flight attempt in his Lockheed Vega 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.
Used by Wiley Post on his Lockheed Vega 5-C Winnie Mae, 1934-35.
Used by Wiley Post on his Lockheed Vega 5-C Winnie Mae, 1934-35.