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Will Rogers was the most famous man in America in the 1930s. Cowboy, rope trick artist, comic, movie star. But he was infatuated with flying. Before passenger flights were available, he went to the post office and paid postage for his weight so he could fly on airmail planes. Howard Hughes used to land at the polo field on his ranch near Santa Monica when he was courting Rogers' daughter. Aviation pioneer Wiley Post and Rogers planned a round-the world flight in 1935, but died in an accident in Alaska early in the trip.
This globe, marked by Rogers with the projected flight route still sits in his office at the ranch. It's now a park and you can go see it yourself.
It's a real piece of American history!
Also by Jim Hayes
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