Joe Crosson was born June 29, 1903 in Minneapolis, Kansas. His first solo flight was in 1923, and he arrived in Fairbanks in 1926. Crosson flew as part of the Wilkins polar expedition, was the first to fly over the southern polar continent and was the first to make a landing on Mt. McKinley. He helped Wiley Post complete his first solo flight around the world in 1933, and flew to Barrow to retrieve Post’s and Will Rogers bodies in 1935.