This seaplane base is a popular destination for aircraft fans, as it lies inside the perimeter fence of Renton Municipal Airport. The Will Rogers – Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base provides access to Lake Washington and its sweet soundings. Situated at 1000 Perimeter Rd W, Renton, WA 98057, the Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base is a small but important part of our country's history. This seaplane base was the site where on June 2nd, 1930, flown for just over an hour by Will Rogers and Wiley Post, their flight took them across Lake Washington towards Seattle.
Will Rogers and Wiley Post began their final journey at Renton Airport on August 7th, 1935. They took off for Alaska with plans to travel onwards into Siberia but barely more than a week later died when the airplane they were in crashed due to unknown circumstances.
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In honor of Will Rogers and Wiley Post, the City renamed an airport floatplane facility in their memory. At this ceremony, a monument was also dedicated to commemorating these two historical figures who made aviation history by flying across North America on floats.
Where the tragic history of Renton went, a memorialized followed. The City chose to remember its heroes in 1949 by naming refurbished floatplane facility Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base fourteen years after this tragedy. The remembrance occurred on August 6th when Governor Arthur B Langlie unveiled its monument and plaque with speeches from Mayor Perry Mitchell. The latter also delivered one segment during festivities celebrating that day's dedication event for the new airport terminal building funded through private donations.
The memorial base was named in honor of Will Rogers and Wiley Post, two well-known figures who lost their lives when they departed from this location. Wiley Post and Will Rogers were on their way for a leisurely sightseeing tour across the Pacific when their plane crashed in Alaska. The two men, considered by many to be American flyers second only to Charles A Lindbergh, became famous actors thanks largely to its movie-star status with more than 70 movies starring throughout Asia during his time here.
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With the advent of flight, Washington Seaplane Pilots Association president Bob Dempster advocated for improvements to preserve our national monuments. The fast-forward into modern-day aviation has allowed him and other aviators like himself to push publicly so that these beautiful sites may be held.
The monument has been a source of inspiration for people across the world. It's hard to find words that can properly convey this place's amazing. The second dedication of this monument was held on August 7th, 2003.