WASHINGTON, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, JULY 22: AROUND THE WORLD
Profile America — Monday, July 22nd. An aviation milestone was achieved on this date 80 years ago, as famed pilot Wiley Post landed his Lockheed monoplane on Long Island, New York, completing the first solo flight around the world. In a feat of endurance, he made the trip in 7 days, 18½ hours. His plane is now displayed in the National Air and Space Museum. Post, blind in one eye, was an aviation pioneer who held many high-altitude records, and discovered the jet stream. He was killed, along with humorist Will Rogers, in a 1935 crash. Today, round-the-world flights are commonplace. In the U.S., over 700 million passengers board the nation's airliners each year. That averages well over two annual flights per American. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1073
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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