Aviation

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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Commentary
6:30 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Presidential Aviating

Harry Atwood landing a Wright Flyer on the White House lawn in 1911.

Presidents and flight had a quiet start in the summer of 1909, when Orville returned to Ft. Myer to complete the Army trials that ended abruptly with his crash in September of the previous year.  The Army allowed the Wrights to return as they had already more than fulfilled the contract.  This time there were many observers, including fellow Ohioan President Williams Howard Taft.  A tent was set up, and he sat with the Wrights' sister Katharine.

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