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1 pretender to the flown?

As sure as George Washington was our first president and Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, Wilbur and Orville Wright were No. 1 in flight. Or were they? A new name has emerged to challenge the Wrights as the fathers of flight, and three states are arguing over who's correct. The Wrights are beloved sons of Ohio, their birthplace, and North Carolina, site of their famous flight. But a new Connecticut law says German-born aviator and Bridgeport, Conn., resident Gustave Whitehead made the first powered flight in 1901--two years before the Wrights. In October news conferences, Representative Rick Perales (R) of Ohio and Senator Bill Cook (R) of North Carolina told Connecticut to cool its jets on the first-flight claim. "Nowadays it seems like there are an awful lot of people who are trying to rewrite history," Cook told the Associated Press. Connecticut Representative Larry Miller (R) countered with an email stating "over 100 contemporary published accounts ... and supporting photographs" prove their guy Gustave was the first aloft, on August 14, 1901.

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Title Annotation:STATELINE; Gustave Whitehead and the first flight
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1CT
Date:Dec 1, 2013
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