We are presenting materials about Whitehead online as well as in the museum.
1.Whitehead made the first successful powered, manned, controlled flight in the world, in an airplane and with engines he built, predating the Wright Brothers by 2 years, 4 months, and 3 days. There is evidence to support this.
When: August 14, 1901. Location: Fairfield, CT. Distance: 1/2 mile (est.); Altitude: 50 feet (est.)
2. Numerous additional powered flights reported during 1901 – 1903 in Fairfield County, CT: Stratford, CT: Lordship Manor; Fairfield, CT: Fairfield Beach, Tunxis Hill; Bridgeport, CT: 241Pine Street and vicinity, Seaside Park; Easton, CT: Sport Hill; Milford, CT: Charles Island; Coastal Fairfield County and Long Island Sound
3. Longest reported powered flights: 2 miles, 7 miles – a circular flight over Long Island Sound made from Lordship Manor on January 17, 1902. Highest altitude reported: 200 feet.
4.Whitehead’s airplanes of 1901-1902 were a combination airplane-boat-car, used in the air, on water, and on land. He often drove to the test sites, as in a car.
5. 18 witnesses report powered flights. 12 specifically reported powered flights; 6 more report seeing street and over-water flights requiring power
State of Connecticut recognizes Whitehead as First in Powered Flight
On June 27, 2013 State of Connecticut’s Governor Malloy signed a bill recognizing Gustave Whitehead as “first in powered flight”.
Gustave Whitehead Interview with Historian Harvey Lippincott, Founder and Director of CAHA.
Jane’s All The World Aircraft, “Aviation Bible”, Recognizes Whiteheads First in Flight
On March 8, 2013, Jane’s All the World Aircraft recognized Gustave Whitehead as first in powered flight, in their 100th anniversary edition.
Connecticut Air and Space Center Stratford, CT: replica and informational exhibit available http://www.ctairandspace.org
FAIRFIELD MUSEUM, Fairfield, CT archives of William J. O’Dwyer, Whitehead researcher http://www.fairfieldhistory.org/library-collections/gustave-whitehead/ and Whitehead exhibit of Fairfield Historical Society (check for availability)
GUSTAV WEISSKOPF MUSEUM Leutershausen, Germany http://www.weisskopf.de/english-version.html
UNIVERSITY OF TX, Dallas, TX archives of Stella Randolph, Whitehead researcher http://www.utdallas.edu/library/specialcollections/hac/general/Randolph.pdf
History.Net: Whitehead and the First Flight Controversy: http://www.historynet.com/gustave-whitehead-and-the-first-flight-controversy.htm
The ‘Who Flew First’ Debate: http://www.flightjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/whitehead.pdf
Check our some transcriptions from period newspapers