Connecticut Air & Space Center (CASC) to display aircraft that is changing history
Andrew Kosch, board member of CASC, will be at Fairfield’s Earth Day event with a replica of the Gustav Whitehead Flyer, the original of which is now credited as being the first in flight. The flight took place two years before the famed Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903.
The replica, which Kosch built and flew in 1986, was the result of extensive research and detail gleaned from documents relating to the historic event.
Accounts of Whitehead’s flight led Jane’s, the global authority on aviation, to recognize Whitehead as the first to conduct a heavier-than-flight for humankind on August 14, 1901 in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Mr. Kosch will be on hand to demonstrate how the replica actually works and to answer questions. Also attending will be Ms. Anne Fiyalka, who flew with Amelia Earhart from Sikorsky Airport after winning a school contest shortly before Earhart disappeared over the Pacific in 1936.
The Whitehead flier will be on display April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Warde High School, 755 Melville Road, Fairfield.
For more information, contact:
Ron Kurtz, CASC
(203) 260-1950 (mobile)