Harold Charles Gatty

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another nice piece of history for sharing this morning..... have a productive week...

Mar 02, 2020 02:48 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Harold had a lucrative career watching the stars. Enjoy your day!

Mar 02, 2020 04:00 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I have heard of the aviators but not the navigator!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 02, 2020 04:25 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Mr Gatty seemed to fully embrace 'Up, Up And Away'.

Mar 02, 2020 04:28 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

His skills sure did contribute to many pilots. Such a talent.

Mar 02, 2020 04:44 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

A most accomplished man who made great contributions and who sadly died much too young. Hard to imagine what else he might have contributed if he had lived longer.

Mar 02, 2020 06:54 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Pretty amazing accomplishment. I really enjoyed this one.

Mar 02, 2020 07:04 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

A lot of these people start young, the only thing I was worried about when I was 14 was playing basketball and getting good grades, haha.

Mar 02, 2020 07:05 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray, Gatty, like other navigators, is the unsung hero. No aviator would be able to complete a global journey without his other navigators help back before GPS and satellites. 

Mar 02, 2020 07:11 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

We have all heard of Wiley Post however Gatty never got the same attention and I didn't know he was the founder of Fiji airlines.

Have a happy Monday James Dray 

Mar 02, 2020 08:40 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoy how you come up with these interesting fact, and the story of Gatty is new to me also.  A

Mar 02, 2020 09:26 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now that was interesting!   You and I may look at the stars at night but Harold Charles Gatty did a lot more with what he saw. 

Mar 02, 2020 11:40 AM #12
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James did I tell you I live on a street called Wiley Post? yes named after the same one he was a Navigator for:)Endre

Mar 02, 2020 10:43 PM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Wiley Post is a legend in Oklahomans in aviation so thanks for the reference.

Mar 03, 2020 05:45 PM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Harold certainly played a key role in a number of ways.


Mar 03, 2020 09:25 PM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Wiley was obviously a man well aware of where he was on the planet Earth (at least a night). Makes me wonder if he was completely lost at night James Dray ?

Mar 04, 2020 06:49 AM #16
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Thank you James, for sharing about this important man in history.

Mar 05, 2020 10:20 AM #17
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Mr. Gatty managed to leverage his love of the science of navigation into a successful airline and a place in history.

Mar 14, 2020 04:23 PM #18
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

after reading this... I just wonder what the HEY I have been doing for so many years and getting absolutely nowhere!!!  Great story, thanks!

Mar 31, 2020 08:23 AM #19
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