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Wright brothers flew 2 years after Gustav Whitehead, researcher claims

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Shocking claim by Australian aviation historian John Brown: he has photographic proof that German immigrant Gustav Whitehead flew over Connecticut in 1901 -- Orville and Wilbur were second. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/03/13/first-in-flight-wright-brothers-flew-2-years-after-gustav-whitehead/#ixzz2NQupZYOJ (www.foxnews.com) Altro...

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preacher1
preacher1 5
While there seems to have been some stuff surfacing from time to time, I wonder what the reason is for just trying to bring this up officially and to the public forefront over a hundred years later???????
djwinkel
Maybe Jane's is trying to sell more books...
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 4
That's what I was thinking...
StymieHo
Doesn't surprise me one bit.

In fact, Christopher Columbus comes to mind every time I hear about someone historically being the first to do this or discover that.

Or the guy they made that movie about, who invented windshield wipers for Ford or GM but got the shaft for his invention.

Same deal. I even read somewhere once that the Wright Brothers knew they weren't the first.
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 1
Old Post last week
MichaelTurik
That probably explains why it was in USA Today. I didn't see it posted here so gave it a shot.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Slow News day at Fox. Maybe 'shocking' because it he announced it with Tase in hand?
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
er Taser. fubmle fingers again
Pileits
Pileits -1
What can you expect, it's FAUX News reporting after all!
bishops90
Yeah, I didn't believe there was a new Pope yesterday til I saw it on CNN either.......

Dumbass
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Cant wait to see the difference in the story when it's aired somewhere else.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
Read it on several outlets. Reads the same. Duh !!
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Unless I am mistaken, there is a similarity: all of the principals have passed and are not available to to contribute.
preacher1
preacher1 2
I believe you are correct and no one left to really push it, one way or other. It does make one wonder thought why the Wright Bros. claims were not strongly refuted back in that day, OR, why his was not more publicized than it was. Just remembering early history, the Wright Brothers accomplisment went around the world.
bishops90
What I found really amazing on my visit to the Wright Bro's Museum in Kitty Hawk was learning how they applied the theories of aerodynamics and lift to their propeller design. It was this development that allowed high enough thrust from a smaller (lighter) engine to get airborne, and maintain flight. Most of the design elements of fixed pitch props today stem directly from their research and development. It was as much their prop that led to flight as it was their airframe design.
MichaelTurik
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Could Wright brothers, N.C. lose 'first in flight' stature?

Was a German immigrant from Connecticut actually the first to fly?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/19/newser-first-in-flight/1999259/
ljeff1000
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The Wright Brothers may not have been the first to fly

Surprised? I was to. According to Jane's All the World's Aircraft, someone flew 2 years before the Wright Brothers. Read to find out more.

http://www.flyingmag.com/pilots-places/pilots-adventures-more/wright-brothers-not-first-fly?cmpid=enews031413&spPodID=030&spMailingID=16968402&spUserID=MzQzNjY2NDE1MDES1&spJobID=212821821&spReportId=MjEyODIxODIxS0

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