Daily Bread for 7.22.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Midweek in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of eighty-one. Sunrise is 5:36 and sunset 8:25, for 14h 48m 50s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 33.7% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Community Development Authority meets this afternoon at 5 PM.

"Winnie Mae" a Lockheed Vega aircraft of Wiley Post, when it was on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center  VIa Wikipedia
“Winnie Mae” a Lockheed Vega aircraft of Wiley Post, when it was on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center VIa Wikipedia

On this day in 1931, an aviator first completes a solo flight around the world:

Wiley Hardeman Post (November 22, 1898 – August 15, 1935) was a famed American aviator during the period known as the Golden Age of Aviation, the first pilot to fly solo around the world. Also known for his work in high-altitude flying, Post helped develop one of the first pressure suits and discovered the jet stream….

Post wanted to open his own aeronautical school, but could not raise enough financial support because of doubts many had about his rural background and limited formal education. Motivated by his detractors, Post decided to attempt a solo flight around the world and to break his previous speed record. Over the next year, Post improved his aircraft by installing an autopilot device and a radio direction finder that were in their final stages of development by the Sperry Gyroscope Company and the United States Army. In 1933, he repeated his flight around the world, this time using the auto-pilot and compass in place of his navigator and becoming the first to accomplish the feat alone. He departed from Floyd Bennett Field and continued on to Berlin where repairs were attempted to his autopilot, stopped at Königsberg to replace some forgotten maps, Moscow for more repairs to his autopilot, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk for final repairs to the autopilot, Rukhlovo, Khabarovsk, Flat where his propeller had to be replaced, Fairbanks, Edmonton, and back to Floyd Bennett Field. Fifty thousand people greeted him on his return on July 22 after 7 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes[2][3]

A Google a Day asks a question about animation:

What comedians were the inspiration for the names of the two hungry cats in the short that marked Tweety Bird’s first appearance?

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