Wright brothers not first to fly according to Connecticut

Posted at 6:58 PM, Jun 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-27 19:07:03-04

Wright Bros

Move over Wright brothers – there’s a new guy in town.

Connecticut officially recognized a German-born man as the first to fly, which changes the history that majority of its students were taught in their school textbooks.

On Wednesday, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law a measure insisting that Connecticut resident, Gustave Whitehead, flew in 1901, which was two years before the Wright brothers made history.

However, not everyone agrees with the historical rewrite. Members of the Smithsonian Institution, that houses the brothers’ historic plane, say the claims made by Connecticut are wrong and continue to support the Wrights’ title as first to fly.

CTV News reports, “Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft, an industry publication, recently cited contemporary news accounts in concluding that Whitehead beat the Wright brothers into the air.”