Bill aims to oust Wright Brothers as first in flight

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    http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/bill-aims-oust-wright-brothers-first-flight-6C10270722

    Connecticut's leading role in aviation has never been disputed, but legislators have passed a bill insisting that a Connecticut aviator flew two years before the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, N.C.
    The measure is the latest twist in an effort to credit the first successful airplane flight to German-born aviator and Bridgeport resident Gustave Whitehead.

    The legislation is a flight of fancy, say Wright brothers partisans. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has not committed to signing the legislation, but will review it when it reaches his desk, a spokesman said.
    The bill honors what it calls the first powered flight by Whitehead in 1901, "rather than the Wright brothers." Whitehead is credited by some for the first flight in August 1901. The Wright brothers lifted off from North Carolina in December 1903.

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    Actually certainly did not have the first powered flight. That is a demonstrated fact That honor officially went to Alberto Santos-Dumont who took off from Saint-Cloud in Paris, flew around the Eiffel tower return and landed thus winning at trophy on October 19, 1901. Whether Whitehead made that first heavier-than-air flight before Santos-Dumont's dirigible is conjecture, but some fairly influential people believe he did. If the Wright brothers were actually first with heavier-than-air or not, the were the pair who made commercial flight, pilot licensing and much more a reality.
     
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    The wright brothers were the first however to allow a free checked bag.

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