First Flight

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7:35 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Congressman Turner: Fund Wrights' Factory As Park

A Wright Model B taking shape in the Assembly Room of the Wright Company.
Credit courtesy of wright-brothers.org

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.

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.

The buildings are the first U.S. facilities specifically designed and built to manufacture airplanes.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Connecticut Joins Fight Over Who Was First to Fly

Connecticut's legislature has jumped into an argument over who was the first aviator to fly.

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.

Republican State Rep. Larry Miller of Stratford spearheaded the legislation. He says not crediting Whitehead has been a mistake that's now being corrected.

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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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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
9:46 am
Mon December 17, 2012

First Flight and the Photograph

A contact print from the entire 5x7 inch plate also showing the broken corner which was incurred during the 1913 Dayton Flood.
courtesy of Wright State University Archives and Special Collections

Today is perhaps the most important date in aviation history.  It was 10:35 in the morning on December 17, 1903, when Orville Wright flew a powered aircraft  on the sands near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  It was a short  flight - with huge consequences. Dayton aviation historian and photographer Dan Patterson knows the story well.

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