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Return to:   Will Rogers and Wiley Post - America was in the throes of the Great Depression when another bout of tragic news streaked across the nation: two great men had been killed in an airplane accident in northern Alaska.
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Wiley Post
Wiley Post was on his record-breaking solo round-the-world trip in July 1933 when he encountered a mishap in the mining town of Flat, Alaska. The Winnie Mae tipped onto her nose after hitting a rough patch of tailings at the airstrip, and after the propeller was straightened in Fairbanks, the plane was made upright for another take-off. Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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