Connecticut Senate passes bill writing Wright Brothers out of history

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

We all grew up learning about the Wright Brothers and their place in aviation history.   Well, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill that would change that history!  They voted to give credit for the first powered flight, not to to Orville and Wilbur Wright as we have all learnt, but to Gustave Whitehead.

John Brown, an historian of aviation, claims he has photographic proof of Whitehead flying over Connecticut in 1901, putting him a full two years ahead of the famous Wright brothers flight.  The Wrights certainly were not the only ones to be testing the bounds of aviation at the time, but they were believed to be first to build a successful flying machine.

Since Brown’s photo surfaced a controversy has surrounded the subject.  However, most historians continue to believe that the first powered flight belongs to the Wright brothers.  It’s hard to know without being able to see all the evidence for ourselves, but I for one like to believe that the Wright brothers are deserving of their place in history.

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