Gustave Whitehead

Statewide News
7:20 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Aviation Rivals Team Up

Inside the Wright "B" Flyer Hanger at Wright Brothers Airport
Credit Jerry Kenney

Ohio and North Carolina both claim the designation “First in Flight”. The Wright Brothers are from Dayton and made their historic flight in the Outer banks of North Carolina in 1903. Now, the two states are teaming against a new rival - Connecticut.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Connecticut Governor OKs Law Recognizing Gustave Whitehead As First in Flight

Connecticut now officially recognizes a local aviator as the first man to fly.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday that he signed into law a measure insisting that German-born aviator and Bridgeport resident Gustave Whitehead flew in 1901, two years before Wilbur and Orville Wright lifted off from Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Whitehead's supporters say they're correcting a historical mistake. Supporters of the Wright brothers, including the Smithsonian Institution that houses the brothers' historic plane, say Whitehead partisans are wrong.

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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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