Harold Charles Gatty was born in Campbell Town, Tasmania back in 1903. At the tender age of 14 he was appointed a midshipman at the Royal Australian Naval College. Just after the end of WWI he worked on a steamship in the Australia merchant navy. While standing night watch he learned about the constellations. He became an expert in celestial navigation, serving on many ships. In 1927, he relocated to California.
He started a navigation school, teaching marine navigation, in 1928, his attention turned to air navigation. During WWII, he was given the rank of group captain in the Royal Australian Air Force, he also worked for the US Army Air Force in the South Pacific Theater. He died in 1957 of a stroke in Fiji.
What you may not know about Harold is that he was a navigator for several people you may have heard of, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Wiley Post. In 1931, Wiley and Harold set a record by circumnavigating the earth in 8 days, 15 hours, and 51 minutes. After WWII, he moved to Fiji where he started Fiji Airways, which is still in operation.
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