Connecticut First in Flight?

Gustave Whitehead, above with his daughter Rose, is believed by some aviation historians to have preceeded the Wright brothers by as much as three years with a manned flight. Photograph from Corbis.


Connecticut’s House of Representatives is seeking to unseat North Carolina as the state with a claim to “First in Flight.”


The House amended a bill Thursday with language to change Connecticut’s statutes to recognize Gustave Whitehead each year on “Powered Flight Day,” rather than the Wright Brothers.


Whitehead, according to a March article published in the CTPost, is credited by some as successfully piloting an early powered aircraft in 1901, about two years before the Wright Brothers’ famous 1903 flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.






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