After the end of World War I, the world saw many changes in areas of technology, science, and industry. The two-decade period (1918-1938) is considered by some to be the Golden Age of Aviation. Streamlined monoplanes quickly replaced their slower wooden biplane counterparts. Other important developments during this period include the rise of civil aviation and the development of many commercial airlines.
Before this so-called Golden Age of Aviation began, another event took place, and although it likely didn’t make the papers or attract any attention, it has earned its spot in the timeline of aviation. A Texas cotton farmer and his wife had a baby. But just why does this matter? That baby would grow up to become a record-setting figure in the world of aviation, none other than Wiley Post.
It’s impossible to know what kind of hopes William and Mae Post had for their new son, Wiley. Their lives were not easy and they moved frequently to find work, while probably facing many of the same challenges that others did during this period of history. The Post family eventually settled in Oklahoma, which would prove to be important in their story as this is where young Wiley had his first encounter with an aircraft in flight. The place was the county fair and the plane was a Curtiss-Wright pusher. He got bitten by the flying bug right then and there and soon enrolled in a school for automobiles and aviation.
As he got older, Post had a …