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Letter to Sciam editor June 29

Jul 08, 2013 No Comments

Dear Mr. Schlenoff, I’m the historian to whose findings you refer in your June 13, 2013 commentary on Connecticut’s commemoration of Gustave Whitehead: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=recent-bill-connecticut-proclaims-gustave-whitehead-first-fly-not-wright-BrothersWhile I applaud many of your observations, (particularly those regarding the Wrights’ pre-1905 flight claims and their patent litigation), others need commentry themselves. Citing “first and second place revisionism” by “partisan supporters”, [...]

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Email to Brady Kress, CEO, Dayton History

Jul 08, 2013 No Comments

Dear Mr. Kress, I saw you on WDTN “2 News” just now http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/local/dayton/first-in-flight-title-up-in-the-air#.Uc0bzE3wC70and heard you say, Gustave Whitehead’s claim to having made the first powered airplane flight in 1901 is “bogus” and “there’s no evidence that proves it”. I invite you to examine the evidence I gathered on my Website, www.gustave-whitehead.com. It was peer-reviewed and [...]

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Op.Ed piece by S. Sikorsky, June 28

Jul 08, 2013 No Comments

Dear Editor, In a June 28 Op.Ed. piece on the first flight claim of Gustave Whitehead, http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-sikorsky-whiteheads-flight-never-happened-06-20130628,0,438644.story Sergei Sikorsky, an aviation consultant of famous pedigree, opines “Whitehead’s Only Flight Was One of Fancy”. Calling it “pure fiction, not fact”, he suggests it was “born in the imagination of [the…] Editor of the Bridgeport Sunday Herald”. [...]

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Letter to the Editor of Hartford Courant from John Brown

Jul 08, 2013 No Comments

Dear Editor, In your Editorial of June 7, 2013 http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-aviation-silliness-at-capitol-20130607,0,6747667.story, you refer to the Connecticut Assembly’s commemoration of Gustave Whitehead’s first flight in 1901 (before the Wright brothers) as “nonsense”, “rewriting history” and “silliness”. You write that an “aviation authority was persuaded by a blurry, indistinct 1901 photo”, that “the Smithsonian Institution is still scoffing” [...]

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Email to Brady Kress, CEO, Dayton History

Jul 07, 2013 No Comments

Dear Mr. Kress, I saw you on WDTN “2 News” just now http://www.wdtn.com/dpp/news/local/dayton/first-in-flight-title-up-in-the-air#.Uc0bzE3wC70and heard you say, Gustave Whitehead’s claim to having made the first powered airplane flight in 1901 is “bogus” and “there’s no evidence that proves it”. I invite you to examine the evidence I gathered on my Website, www.gustave-whitehead.com. It was peer-reviewed and [...]

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John Brown responds to Wall Street Journal

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

Dear Ms. Mitchell, In today’s Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/article/  you’re quoted as stating that the Smithsonian Institution, “has extensively researched Mr. Whitehead’s claims over several decades.” “None of the material Mr. Brown has presented is new—it has all been thoroughly researched by members of our staff and other aviation historians.” (I’m the “Mr. Brown” you’re [...]

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Gustave Whitehead – new development from John Brown

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

Budd, Have you heard?… A few hours ago, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill explicitly withdrawing recognition for history’s first powered flight from the Wright brothers and assigning it to an earlier 1901 flight by Gustave Whitehead. The Bill there and in the Lower House won by such a wide margin, it’s likely to become [...]

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More Good Torpedo Info

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Thank you for your column on the embarrassing failure that was the U.S. Naval Aviation Torpedo, Mark 13, in the early part of WW II. My father, Chief Ordinance Man Ralph S. Morris, was able to begin the process of improving it, through a bit of good fortune that is a story in itself. The [...]

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