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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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Royce’s Panther 106 Still Lives?

May 21, 2013 No Comments

Your June 2013 edition of Flight Journal had a wonderful article about Royce Williams and his flying achievements during the Korean War. As I was reading the article, the aircraft number seemed so familiar and when I saw the photos in the article, I realized where and why. I’ve photographed that aircraft on the flight [...]

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Wright Flyer: Free Online Drawing

May 14, 2013 5 Comments

This wonderful Wylam drawing of the Wright Flyer from the Air Age Archive will answer a lot of technical questions about how wing warping works and the geometry of things like the flying/landing wires and the dimensions of the canard and rudder surfaces. The three-view is so complete a model could easily be built from [...]

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Formation Flying without an Airplane?

Apr 17, 2013 No Comments

Wow! Check out these intrepid Base Jumpers that stretch low-level and formation flight to the very limit! Amazing! Phoenix-Fly – The Need 4 Speed – Mountain Trails from Phoenix Fly on Vimeo.

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WWII Through the Eyes of a Youth

Apr 05, 2013 No Comments

We are thrilled to share a feature story from the current issue of Flight Journal from longtime MAN contributor Jim Newman! He notes, “Throughout my 43 years in the U.S., on finding that I grew up in England during the war years, people will ask ‘What was it like? Did you see German aeroplanes?’ Even [...]

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