First Flight en Congressman Turner: Fund Wrights' Factory As Park <p>Republican congressman Mike Turner is advocating for national parks funding to purchase the Wright Brother’s original manufacturing facilities in Ohio, as debate intensifies over rights to the first-in-flight title.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Mike Turner will be in Dayton today alongside Amanda Wright Lane of the Wright Family Foundation to discuss efforts to purchase the Wright Company Factory buildings and include them in Dayton's aviation history park.</p><p>The buildings are the first U.S. facilities specifically designed and built to manufacture airplanes.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:35:00 +0000 Associated Press 41568 at Congressman Turner: Fund Wrights' Factory As Park Connecticut Joins Fight Over Who Was First to Fly <p>Connecticut's legislature has jumped into an argument over who was the first aviator to fly.</p><p>Legislation waiting for a decision by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Gustave Whitehead, a German immigrant who lived in Bridgeport, flew the first plane in 1901. That would be two years before the Wright brothers took off from Kitty Hawk, N.C.</p><p>Republican State Rep. Larry Miller of Stratford spearheaded the legislation. He says not crediting Whitehead has been a mistake that's now being corrected.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Associated Press 34565 at WYSO's Aviation Commentator: The Wright Brothers Were 'First In Flight' <p></p><p>A newly discovered photograph calling into question the Wright Brothers claim to the “first in flight” title has created controversy this week between aviation experts. Some historians say German Immigrant Gustave Whitehead deserves the distinction.&nbsp;Dayton aviation photographer and historian Dan Patterson is WYSO’s aviation commentator. He discussed the issue in an interview with Emily McCord. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:07:59 +0000 Emily McCord 30692 at WYSO's Aviation Commentator: The Wright Brothers Were 'First In Flight' Newly Found Photo Reignites Debate Over ‘First In Flight' Claim <p>A newly discovered photograph has sparked controversy over whether or not the Wright Brothers were really the first in flight. Some historians are saying that German Immigrant named Gustave Whitehead deserves that distinction but as Emily McCord reports for WYSO, despite the new discovery, the debate has been going on for years. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:49:46 +0000 Emily McCord 30543 at First Flight and the Photograph <p><em>Today is perhaps the most important date in aviation history. &nbsp;It was 10:35 in the morning on December 17, 1903, when Orville Wright flew a powered aircraft &nbsp;on the sands near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. &nbsp;It was a short &nbsp;flight - with huge consequences. Dayton aviation historian and photographer Dan Patterson knows the story well.</em></p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:46:53 +0000 Dan Patterson 26466 at First Flight and the Photograph