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First In Flight Flap Continues With Testimony From A Wright

Mar 24, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A descendant of the Wright brothers is headed to the Ohio Statehouse to defend the Ohio aviators' place in history as the first to make a successful airplane flight.

Amanda Wright Lane is great-grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright. She is scheduled to testify Tuesday in favor of a resolution that challenges Connecticut's insistence that one of its aviators beat the Wright brothers to the skies by two years.

Lane will be joined by the National Aviation Heritage Alliance's director and the author of a Wright brothers history in supporting the measure.

Ohio's proposal repudiates Connecticut's claim that Gustave Whitehead "successfully flew a powered, heavier-than-air machine of his own design on August 14, 1901, or on any other date."

A 2013 Connecticut law honors Whitehead's flight as the first.