If you are interested in learning more about Gustave Whitehead, visit Susan O’Dwyer Brinchman’s website, “Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight“. She also recently published a new book, “Gustave Whitehead: First in Flight“. It can also be purchased at Amazon.com.
The State of Connecticut no longer recognizes
the Wrght brothers as the first to fly a powered
airplane. Connecticut’s Governor just signed the
new law. (The link to the official notification is in
the email below.)
For 40 years (1903-1942), the Smithsonian said, “It was not the Wrights. There’s no proof they were first.”
then, after a backroom deal,
for 70 years (1942-2013), the Smithsonian then said, “The Wrights were first. There’s convincing proof.”
The Smithsonian has never stated, what new evidence this was based on
or why it wasn’t necessary to first examine the cases of other pioneers.
As opposed to the backroom deal between the Wrights and the Smithsonian,
the facts of the Whitehead case were peer-reviewed internationally
and his recognition has now been declared following a public, transparent, democratic process.
Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft acknowledged that Whitehead was the first in sustained, powered flight in a navigable heavier than air craft. “The Wrights were right; but Whitehead was ahead.“. I have summarized the Jane’s information here.
See photos from First in Flight Day at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT.
Follow the 2 sides of the debate at:
My great-grandfather, Joseph Ratzenberger, was a witness to history and signed an affidavit to prove it. The affidavit was published in Stella Randolph’s 1937 seminal work, “The Lost Flights of Gustave Whitehead”.
Aeronauticus a musical about Gustav Weisskopf.
For full disclosure, there is a significant amount of controversy surrounding the Whitehead claims. The following represent the other side of the debate: