Sunday May 5th, 2013 Connecticut Air & Space Center to hold panel discussion on pioneer aviators

XF5U Flying Pancake  Navy Fighter

XF5U Flying Pancake Navy Fighter

Andrew King, Executive Director of CASC will hold a panel discussion on Gustav Whitehead and Chance Vought that will focus on the accomplishments of both aviation pioneers with emphasis on the recent recognition of Gustav Whitehead being the first to fly a controlled, powered aircraft.

The Chance Vought company designed and produced the Corsair fighter-bomber, one of the most successful war planes of World War II as well as many experimental aircraft.

Ed McGuinness currently heading up the reassembly team on the Sikorsky Corsair  will speak about the restoration process.

Ed McGuinness currently heading up the reassembly team on the Sikorsky Corsair will speak about the restoration process.

Also planned are discussions on the many aircraft that were developed and built in the Stratford and Bridgeport area, the current restoration of the Sikorsky Memorial Airport’s  Corsair fighter and the possible restoration of a Sikorsky flying boat by CASC.

The panel will include CASC board members Andrew King, Andrew Kosch, noted Whitehead expert; Chris Soltis, museum curator; and Ed McGuinness, the Corsair restoration project manager.

Navy XF4U-1 Corsair, BuNo 1443, in flight in 1940

Navy XF4U-1 Corsair, BuNo 1443, in flight in 1940

The panel discussion will be held Sunday, May 5 at the Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street, beginning at 2 p.m. All are welcomed to attend.

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