Wiley Post, a pioneer American pilot who was the first man to fly solo around the world, was born near here in 1899.
In 1924, he lost an eye in an oilfield accident and used the compensation money to buy his first airplane.In 1931 and 1933, Post set two around-the-world speed records in a Lockheed Vega named Winnie Mae. He also was among the first to experiment with high altitude flight. In 1934, he used the first pressurized flying suit to reach a height of 50,000 feet.
Post lost his life in 1935 in an air crash with humorist Will Rogers near Point Barrow, Alaska.