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.
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.
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.
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.
A Medal of Honor winner and the chief instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen are among four people being inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Ohio.
Next year's inductees were announced Monday. They include U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, who received the prestigious military award and developed techniques for helicopter air ambulance rescue in combat.
Also honored is the late Charles Alfred Anderson, who helped develop a civilian pilot training program for blacks and was chief instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black military pilots.