Aviation

Commentary
7:51 am
Tue April 30, 2013

The Relationship Between Flight and Time

The Wright Brothers' first instrument panel, the wind gauge (anemometer, stopwatch, engine revolutions meter)
Dan Patterson

Aviation commentator Dan Patterson has a different kind of story this week, not about a famous date in history - but instead about the connection between flight and time. You can always spot a pilot, he says,  by his or her outsized wristwatch. It's a relationship that goes back to the earliest flights.

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Aviation
11:07 am
Fri March 22, 2013

WYSO's Aviation Commentator: The Wright Brothers Were 'First In Flight'

Orville Wright's Korona V Field Camera, photographed at Carillon Historical Park. The red air bulb is what Orville asked John T. Daniels to squeeze when the Flyer took off. He couldn't recall if he had or not in the excitement of the moment.
Credit Dan Patterson

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. Dayton aviation photographer and historian Dan Patterson is WYSO’s aviation commentator. He discussed the issue in an interview with Emily McCord.

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Around the Miami Valley
9:37 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

More Reaction to 'First In Flight' Claim

Credit Jerry Kenney

A newly discovered photograph calling into question the Wright Brothers claim to the “first in flight” title continues to draw reaction from aviation experts. Some historians say German Immigrant Gustave Whitehead deserves the distinction.  The photograph in question is actually a photograph within a photograph. Amateur historian John Brown found it in an attic in Germany.

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Aviation
3:49 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Newly Found Photo Reignites Debate Over ‘First In Flight' Claim

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.

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Commentary
6:25 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Remembering a Doolittle Raider

Col. Doolittle (left) and Admiral Marc Mitscher (right) surrounded by the volunteers, over Admiral Mitscher's left shoulder, Tom Griffin.

Thomas Griffin died in late February - he was one of 80 American servicemen who flew a legendary mission in World War Two.    They were known as Doolittle's Raiders.    Griffin lived in Cincinnati and he
was 96 years old.  Now only four members of that elite group survive.

WYSO aviation commentator Dan Patterson knew Griffin and tells us his story.

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