TRANSPORT: Towhead's Ambition

Something about the gangling, towheaded kid impressed Wiley Post that day in 1933. It was in Tulsa, and the one-eyed veteran pilot was riding high on the fame of his solo flight around the world in the famed Winnie Mae in 186 hours and 49 minutes. Flyer Post gave the kid a piece of the Winnie Mae's fabric, and even autograptfed it for him. Said young Bill Odom brashly: "I'm gonna fly around the world myself some day."

Last week, twelve years after Wiley Post had crashed to his death with Will Rogers...

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